FERC issues a 40-year license for Priest Rapids project on mid-Columbia River

Last week, FERC issued a 40-year license to the Grant County PUD to operate the Priest Rapids hydro project. The Priest Rapids project, consisting of Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams is the lowermost project on the Mid-Columbia River. Located upstream are three other FERC licensed projects- Rocky Reach, Rock Island, and Wells.

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Information portal on Elwha Watershed and Dam Removal

As preparations are being made to dismantle the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in 2009, the University of Idaho has developed a web portal with information on dam removal and watershed restoration. According to the website, the Elwha Watershed Information Resource, "...will integrate ecological and socioeconomic information that describes the physical environment, biological and human communities, and management issues in the Elwha watershed."

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License terminated for Marseilles project on Illinois River

FERC issued an order on April 17, 2008 terminating the license for the 4.75 MW Marseilles Hydroelectric project that would have been built at the Marseilles Dam owned by the US Army Corps or Engineers. The license required Marseilles Hydropower LLC to start construction for the project within the first two years of issuance of license. However, Marseilles Hydropower failed to do so even after the end of extension of another two years.  

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Huge Opposition to Bear Lake Pumped Storage Project

Citing the project as expensive, inefficient and environmentally unsound, there has been a huge public opposition to the proposed Hook Canyon project which would require construction of a new 160 foot high dam on the Fish Hook Creek in Rich County, Utah. FERC granted a preliminary permit for the project in September 2006.

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