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Montana dam breached to allow for toxic cleanup and removal

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The Milltown dam at the confluence of Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers, just upstream of Missoula, MT, had been accumulating toxic wastes from mining uprivers including arsenic, zinc, copper and other heavy metals, thus making it a superfund site. FERC decided to decommission the dam in January 2005... read more

American Rivers Seeks Proposals for River Restoration Projects

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American Rivers is seeking proposals for projects that aim for restoration of diadromous fish through dam removal projects. Projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and California are eligible to apply for this funding made possible through the NOAA's Open Rivers Initiative.According... read more

Benefit Dinner to Un-dam Klamath

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A benefit dinner is being organized to remove dams from the Klamath River that have been disturbing the habitat for salmon, trout and other species for a long time. The Klamath hydroproject owned by Pacificorp includes four dams that are not only disturbing fish migration and spawning but also... read more

FERC rejects application for hydropower on McKenzie River

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Citing deficiencies in a number of aspects, FERC has rejected the application (Project No. 13099-000) from Principal Power for hydropower production on Oregon's McKenzie River.In a letter issued on Feb 13, FERC rejected the application that included insufficient details on important issues such... read more

Minnesota to buy power from Canada

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Minnesota is set to buy hydropower from Manitoba Power company in Canada, a move that could potentially have big implications on the future of power-deals between the US and Canada. Minnesota Power will purchase any surplus electricity from Manitoba Power, a utility based in Winnipeg, starting... read more

Settlement reached for Klamath's future

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After years of negotiations, the Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), or simply the Restoration Agreement was finalized yesterday. The agreement aims to restore salmon population, revitalize commercial fishing and support farming by local tribes while also hoping that irrigation water... read more

License terminated for LeClaire Hydroproject

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On Jan 15, 2008, FERC terminated the license issued in 1994 for the proposed 24 MW LeClaire hydro to be located on the Mississippi river, two miles downstream from LeClaire, Iowa and adjacent to Hampton, IL. The proposed project was to be built at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 14.The license... read more

FERC recommends licensing of Ottumwa Hydroproject

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the Environmental Assessment for the Ottumwa Hydropower Project (P-925) last month in which it recommended licensing of this 3.2 MW project located on the Des Moines river in the City of Ottumwa. In the EA, FERC has identified fish entrainment... read more

See how dams affect rivers

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An interactive website that explains the effects of dams was made public yesterday by the Hydropower Reform Coalition. www.dameffects.org explains how the surrounding vegetation, fish, recreation areas and river flow can be impacted by dams. Also explained is how hydropower dams can be operated to... read more

HRC releases Science Guide

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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... read more

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