The Aesthetics Flows Guide (pdf) provides a common framework for requesting, designing, or reviewing flow-aesthetics studies, and reviews specific methods for conducting those studies in a hydropower licensing or water adjudication proceedings to protect aesthetics values of rivers.
Visit this website to learn about the effects of dams on rivers and the environment. It also explains how dams and hydropower projects can be operated differently to reduce their adverse impacts.
The Hydropower Licensing Guide first published in 2005 has been updated. The update includes addition of 2005 EPAct Hearing provisions under the Integrated Licensing Process as well as reorganization of Appendices.
The Hydropower Reform Coalition opposes the hydropower bills and discussion drafts being considered by House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy Subcommittee in a hearing today.
These bills undo many of the checks and balances that have equitably balanced hydropower development with other uses of our public resources for 40 years. Specifically, one of the drafts- the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act- does the following:
American Whitewater’s Dave Steindorf will testify before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives today on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. The hearing titled “Modernizing Energy Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities to Expanding Hydropower Generation” will discuss licensing reforms among others topics.
Source: California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and American Whitewater
By Chris Shutes (CSPA) and Dave Steindorf (American Whitewater)
In a surprise move, PG&E announced on February 2, 2017 that it was withdrawing its application to relicense the DeSabla – Centerville Hydroelectric Project on Butte Creek and the West Branch Feather River. The reach of Butte Creek affected by the Project is home to the only remaining viable population of spring-run Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley.