Huffington Post Blog Piece on Rep. Hastings' Harmful Dams Bill

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Check out the blog River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill that appeared on Huffington Post this week.

The piece written by President of American Rivers, a Steering Committee member of the Coalition, explains how a recent bill by Representative Doc Hastings from Washignton harms rivers and wildlife and threatens public safety. 

Among other things Hastings bill would-

  • Prohibit federal funds from being used to restore rivers by removing or even studying the removal or any dam, public or private unless explicitly authorized by Congress.
  • Give FERC veto power over resource agencies’ authorities to protect fish and wildlife
  • Prohibit federal operators from releasing water back into rivers before passing through turbines, even during drought emergency.
  • Prohibit federal funds from being used for mitigation activities associated with the removal of any federal or non-federal hydroelectric-producing dam unless explicitly authorized by Congress.