water supply

Coalition Members Successfully Defend the Mokelumne River

Coalition members Foothill Conservancy, Friends of the River and California Sportfishing Alliance were successful in keeping sections of the Mokelumne River free flowing after a California utility dropped its plan to raise a dam on the river.


A Maryland city to build low-head hydro using its raw water line

The City of Frostburg in northwestern Maryland, has obtained an exemption from license to develop hydropower at the city’s municipal raw water line, discharging water from the hydro plant to the raw water reservoir. The City can now start constructing the 75 kilowatt project.

The City’s application to FERC states that the plant will operate automatically only when water is being pumped from the Piney Run Dam and/or Savage Mountain supply wells to the raw water supply reservoir.


Inventory and Assessment of USDA/SWCD Watershed Dams


The Georgia State Soil and Water Conservation Commission (Commission), in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Georgia Environmental Protect Division (EPD), has begun to evaluate the flood control dams, designed and constructed under federal laws PL 544 and PL 566, to determine which structures can be modified to serve as water supply reservoirs.The results of the analyses presented herein are based upon United States Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangle maps and, therefore, should be utilized for planning purposes only. If any of the subject projects are identified as having a possibility of progressing past this analysis, additional studies will be required. These studies will include but not be limited to detailed environmental evaluations, detailed yield analyses, preliminary engineering design, and detailed cost estimating. These additional studies will be required prior to beginning detailed design work and/or land acquisition. The level of study presented herein shall be considered as a screening tool to evaluate the one project strengths and weaknesses relative to other projects. Until further studies are performed, actual yield and environmental factors associated with each project can not be readily determined.


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