House Passes Bill Waiving Environmental Review for Conduit Projects

On March 7, the House passed a bill by Representative Tipton Scott (R-CO) that would waive environmental review requirements for conduit hydropower projects on facilities owned by Bureau of Reclamation.The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to face opposition.The Bureau of... read more

Federal Biologists Determine that Corps Dams Are Harming Yuba River Fisheries

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A Biological Opinion (BiOp) recently produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has determined that continued operation of Englebright dam and Daguerre Point dams on the lower Yuba River in California will jeopardize endangered fish species on the Yuba River.The Central... read more

FERC Denies Permit for Water Supply and Hydropower Proposal

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today denied a proposal by a developer to build seven hydropower projects along a proposed 501 mile long pipeline to carry water from south Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado.Last year in September, a Fort Collins businessman Aaron Million had applied for a... read more

South Carolina City Surrenders Hydropower Project

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In an order issued on December 22, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the license surrender requested by City of Spartanburg, SC for its Clifton Mills No. 1 Hydroelectric Project located on the Pacolet River in Spartanburg County.The City acquired the project from... read more

Coalition Members Successfully Defend the Mokelumne River

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Coalition members Foothill Conservancy, Friends of the River and California Sportfishing Alliance were successful in keeping sections of the Mokelumne River free flowing after a California utility dropped its plan to raise a dam on the river.East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) had been... read more

Google Earth Shows How Dams Could Worsen Climate Change

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A new interactive Google Earth video, produced by International Rivers and Friends of the Earth International, aims to show how damming rivers around the world can exacerbate climate change.The approximately 12-minute video uses computer animation to simulate the potential climate hazards... read more

Analysis Shows Proposed Susitna Project Not Worth It

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An analysis of the merits of the proposed $4.5 billion hydropower project on the Susitna River in Alaska suggests  the project is not an effective solution to Alaska’s impending energy problem.The report suggests that Cook Inlet Basin gas resource is a far better alternative than the... read more

Washington's White Salmon River Runs Free Again!

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(Source: American Whitewater)posted October 26, 2011 by Megan Hooker After nearly a century, Washington's White Salmon River in south central Washington is flowing freely again! Earlier today, a hole was blasted in the base of Condit Dam, and its reservoir - Northwestern Lake - began to... read more

Environmental Plan Earns Sultan River Dam a New 45-year License

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Source: HeraldNet, Oct 13, 2011(  The plan by the county utility district and other groups restores fish habitat and recreation areas on the Sultan River. By Bill Sheets, Herald WriterSULTAN -- For the next 45 years, Snohomish County'... read more

Interior Report Confirms Klamath Dam Removal Can Benefit People and Ecosystem

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A report released by the Department of Interior this week confirms that the benefits of removal of four Klamath River dams far outweigh the costs.A summary of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) states that  the removal will increase production of Chinook salmon by 81% and open 420... read more