Hydro Guides

Activists' Preparation Guide

The Activist’s Preparation Guide focuses on the six-month-to-two-year preparatory phase before the relicensing begins. While this guide is targeted toward citizen activists, it can help governmental agencies, tribes, organizations, and businesses understand the relicensing process and how to play a productive role in it.

Citizen Guide to License Implementation

This guide explains how to effectively participate in the implementation of hydropower license, geared towards citizens. It covers the licensing process, how a license can be a tool for river restoration, and license implementation and compliance. The appendices provide case studiessample pleadings, and a guide for searching FERC’s eLibrary for documents

Flows and Aesthetics Guide

This guide is designed to help participants involved in federal hydropower licensing processes or water rights adjudications (including regulators, applicants, agencies, tribes, and other stakeholders) better understand, assess, and design flows to protect aesthetic resources. It is intended to fill the gap between legal mandates recognizing the aesthetic values of water, and the protocols for assessing and protecting these values. It provides a common framework for requesting, designing, or reviewing flow-aesthetics studies as well as guidance on specific methods for conducting those studies. 

Flows and Recreation Guide

This Flows and Recreation Guide is intended to facilitate decision-making to define flows for recreation on regulated rivers. It provides a framework and methodologies for assessing flows for recreational use. Ideally, it will be used to enhance the quality of study requests and plans, as well as the implementation of studies and resolution of disputes.

Hard copies of the Flows and Recreation Guide are available upon request. 

Media Guide

The Media Guide produced by the Coalition offers practical tips for dealing with the media – from responding to questions and handling a “crisis” to proper television appearance and interview techniques. 

MHK Recreation Guide

The Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts, or the MHK Recreation Guide, provides general information about hydrokinetic technologies and the permitting process, identifies potential recreational concerns, and suggests ways to study and mitigate those impacts. 

The Guide was jointly produced with the National Park Service, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs, with support from the Department of Interior.

Science Guide

The Science Guide discusses the range of studies available to evaluate the effects of a typical hydropower project, advising on the advantages and disadvantages of an approach. Included is a matrix that catalogues all potential project effects, organized by resource area.

Shorelands Guide

This Shorelands Guide is designed to guide those interested in achieving shoreline land protection through the FERC relicensing process. It outlines the legal framework and strategies to develop a forceful case. The case studies show how thousands of very valuable shoreline and watershed acres have been protected during relicensing as part of protection, mitigation or enhancement requirements.


Please refer to our Glossary page to understand the terminologies used in our guides.