4. Concepts for Assessing Impacts

This chapter describes conceptual principles used for understanding how a hydrokinetic device may affect recreation.  It reviews basic recreation management concepts, applying those concepts in hydrokinetic impact assessments, distinctions between direct vs. indirect impacts, “level of effort” and a progression of study options.    

Note:  Discussion in this and remaining chapters focus on project-specific impacts to local or regional recreation.  It is beyond the scope of this document to compare larger-scale impacts of hydrokinetic generation options with status quo energy generation (e.g., gas, coal, oil, nuclear, or traditional hydropower) or other alternative energy generation (e.g., wind, solar), and doe.  This  is important, but out of our scope.  All about trade-offs at a different scale.  Same rules apply for other energy siting….