The Aesthetics Flows Guide (pdf) provides a common framework for requesting, designing, or reviewing flow-aesthetics studies, and reviews specific methods for conducting those studies in a hydropower licensing or water adjudication proceedings to protect aesthetics values of rivers.
Visit this website to learn about the effects of dams on rivers and the environment. It also explains how dams and hydropower projects can be operated differently to reduce their adverse impacts.
The Hydropower Licensing Guide first published in 2005 has been updated. The update includes addition of 2005 EPAct Hearing provisions under the Integrated Licensing Process as well as reorganization of Appendices.
A new study by Alaska Hydro Project has concluded that supplying energy for the Alaska Rainbelt through natural gas, specifically through Cook Inlet, would save the ratepayers in Alaska $35 billion (in 2014 dollars) over 50 years.
The report concludes that deriving energy from natural gas from Cook Inlet “…is the most cost-effective alternative, requiring the least capital investment, yet producing the greatest long-term economic benefit to the regional economy with the least environmental and social impact.”