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Coalition Members Oppose Waiver of Clean Water Act Cert for Yuba River Development Project

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 Hydropower Reform Coalition members California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, South Yuba River Citizens League, Americna Rivers, American Whitewater, Friends of the River, California Outdoors, Trout Unlimited, and Northern California Council of Fly-Fishers, in partnership with allies in... read more

California certifies Klamath dam removal meets water quality standards

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On April 7, the long effort to restore the Klamath River and its once-prolific salmon and steelhead runs passed another major milestone when the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) issued its Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification for the removal of the... read more

HRC Opposes Weakening of Federal Environmental Review

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition submitted comments on March 10, 2020 in opposition to proposed changes to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Coalition’s comments state that the proposed new NEPA rule would make analysis worse and would harm the... read more

Feds Undermine Clean Water Act Protections: American River Project Center Stage of National Precedent

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project (Middle Fork Project) in Placer and El Dorado counties, operated by Placer County Water Agency (PCWA... read more

Hydropower Reform Coalition Opposes Another Trump Administration Attack on the Clean Water Act

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) has submitted extensive comments in opposition to the Trump Administration’s attack on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Trump’s Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Proposed Rule on August 22, 2019 that would... read more

Coalition opposes hydropower bills being considered by House Energy and Commerce, Energy Sub Committee

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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... read more

Coalition to Testify Today Before House Subcommittee on Energy

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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”... read more

PG&E Withdraws License Application On Butte Creek

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Source: California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and American WhitewaterBy 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... read more

FERC denies Idaho Power petition to override state supremacy over water

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Source: Idaho Rivers UnitedThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition today that would have overridden state ability to enforce water quality standards—a right that has been codified by the Supreme Court. The ruling was a win for IRU and other conservation groups that are... read more

Groups to DOE: No Need to Explore New Dams

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Eighty conservation, recreation, faith-based and business groups sent a letter to the Department of Energy urging the Department to explore existing dams instead of building new ones to increase our nation’s hydropower capacity.The letter was in response to the Department seeking information... read more

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