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 40-year license has been issued to FPL Energy to operate the Bar Mills hydroelectric project on the Saco River in York County, Maine.The license order for this 4 MW project was issued on August 28.Following the guidelines in the 2007 Settlement Agreement, the license requires installing upstream and downstream passage measure for American eel and other species including Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewife, and blueback herring.