NEPA

EA Released for Proposed Project in Montana

This week FERC released its Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed hydroelectric project on the Flint Creek near Philipsburg, Montana.

Granite County filed an application last year to operate the proposed 2 MW Flint Creek Hydroelectric Project (P-12107) which would utilize the existing Georgetown Lake Dam. In its application, the County proposed to refurbish and use the existing facility that remains from a project whose license was surrendered in 1992.

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FERC Staff Issue Final EIS for Big Creek Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the four hydroelectric projects on the Big Creek System, located in Fresno and Madera Counties in California.The four projects are owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and include Mammoth Pool Project (P-2085), Big Creek Nos.

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Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making

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The National Academies Press
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2008
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Federal agencies have taken steps to include the public in a wide range of environmental decisions. Although some form of public participation is often required by law, agencies usually have broad discretion about the extent of that involvement. Approaches vary widely, from holding public information-gathering meetings to forming advisory groups to actively including citizens in making and implementing decisions.Proponents of public participation argue that those who must live with the outcome of an environmental decision should have some influence on it. Critics maintain that public participation slows decision making and can lower its quality by including people unfamiliar with the science involved.This book concludes that, when done correctly, public participation improves the quality of federal agencies' decisions about the environment. Well-managed public involvement also increases the legitimacy of decisions in the eyes of those affected by them, which makes it more likely that the decisions will be implemented effectively. This book recommends that agencies recognize public participation as valuable to their objectives, not just as a formality required by the law. It details principles and approaches agencies can use to successfully involve the public.

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Thomas Dietz and Paul C. Stern, Editors

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To buy the book (paperback or pdf) go tohttps://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12434

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Nonuse economic value: emerging policy analysis tool

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Vol. 4(4) 280-291
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1993
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Nonusers, or individuals who never visit or otherwise use a natural resource, may nevertheless be affected by changes in its status or quality. Monetary expression of their preferences for these resources is know as nonuse or passive-use economic value. Empirical estimates indicate that nonuse value may be substantial for some resources. Inclusion of nonuse value in economic efficiency analyses may alter the outcome of these analyses in some cases. So far, applications have remained largely in the research realm. However, changes in the legal and institutional framework and recent policy pronouncements make it probable that nonuse value will play an important role in natural resource decision making in the future. We briefly discuss the concept of nonuse economic value and its relevance in water resource decision making. The current institutional framework and the applicability and integration of nonuse value within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process are explored. Details of an ongoing application for the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Program are described.

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Harpman, D.A., Welsh, M.P., Bishop, R.C.

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