American Rivers Seeks Proposals for River Restoration Projects

American Rivers is seeking proposals for projects that aim for restoration of diadromous fish through dam removal projects. Projects in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and California are eligible to apply for this funding made possible through the NOAA's Open Rivers Initiative.

According to American Rivers, in the first six years of the partnership with NOAA, this program provided more than $2 million to support 100 community-driven river restoration projects that have benefited diadromous fish populations and habitats throughout the country.

Benefit Dinner to Un-dam Klamath

A benefit dinner is being organized to remove dams from the Klamath River that have been disturbing the habitat for salmon, trout and other species for a long time. The Klamath hydroproject owned by Pacificorp includes four dams that are not only disturbing fish migration and spawning but also polluting the river with toxic algae.

FERC rejects application for hydropower on McKenzie River

Citing deficiencies in a number of aspects, FERC has rejected the application (Project No. 13099-000) from Principal Power for hydropower production on Oregon's McKenzie River.In a letter issued on Feb 13, FERC rejected the application that included insufficient details on important issues such as construction activities, reservoirs, and transmission lines.

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Minnesota to buy power from Canada

Minnesota is set to buy hydropower from Manitoba Power company in Canada, a move that could potentially have big implications on the future of power-deals between the US and Canada. Minnesota Power will purchase any surplus electricity from Manitoba Power, a utility based in Winnipeg, starting this year. Under the deal, the US utility will also buy 250 MW of electricity for 15 years starting from 2020. This would require building of hydroprojects and dams along with trans-boundary transmission lines.

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