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.
Six years ago, Traverse City Light and Power, the owner of the hydroelectric projects on the Boardman River decided that the economic and environmental benefits to be gained by discontinuing to operate the projects would be greater than the benefits provided by power generation.
American Rivers recently announced the opening of the American Rivers-NOAA grant for 2009 for river restoration projects. According to American Rivers, since 2001, this partnership has provided technical and financial assistance to community based projects that aim to restore fish species by removal of stream barriers such as dams.
Grant proposals will be accepted for projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and California only.
The deadline for submitting applications is December 3, 2008.