HRC releases Science Guide


The Science Guide entitled Scientific Approaches for Evaluating Hydroelectric Project Effects published by HRC is now available online. This 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.

In Part I of the guide, a matrix is developed to provide stakeholders involved in the relicensing process with a list of potential effects for consideration during initial evaluation of a project. In Part II Next, scientific approaches for evaluating these effects are described and compared, following the same categorical structure mapped in the matrix. The scientific approaches are organized by resource area, which is consistent with most FERC reporting requirements.

It is hoped that this report will elevate and press forward the state of relicensing science, make it more consistent from project to project, and provide scientific assistance to the HRC consortium of more than 130 conservation and recreation organizations. It is HRC’s intention that all hydropower licensing participants, including activists, state and federal resource agencies, tribes, dam owners, and FERC, will find this guide a valuable resource.

This report represents the collaborative effort of leading scientists in their respective fields, including agency, academic, utility, and private sector professionals. HRC would like to thank everyone who contributed to this guide.