Don’t Weaken River Protections at Hydropower Dams


Protect the water in our rivers

Earlier this week, the US House of Representatives voted to advance the hydropower industry’s wish list bill.

H.R. 8, the hydropower industry’s so-called “Unlock Hydro” bill creates a giant loophole that allows hydropower dam operators to avoid requirements to protect fish, wildlife and water quality. My colleagues and I are springing into action to fight this bill as it moves to the Senate.

The industry and their allies in Congress claim that hydropower is “clean” energy. But if their idea for power rejects the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, then I don’t think you can call it clean, or responsible.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that massive coal-fired utilities like Duke Energy and Southern Company are pushing this anti-environment bill. After all, hydropower companies own four of the top ten dirtiest power plants.

The good news is that H.R. 8 passed the House on a narrow vote. And President Obama threatened to veto the bill [pdf] if it gets to his desk because the bill “would undercut bedrock environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act.” However, we can’t afford to let it get that far. My colleagues and I will not sit by while this happens. But to take on critical fights like this, we need you!

The “Unlock Hydro” bill is outrageous. We need your help to stand up to the industry and to promote real clean energy – not a 19th century vision for the future of U.S. energy policy. If you agree, help us fight back.

Thanks for standing with us to ensure our rivers, fish and wildlife are protected.

3 Responses to “Don’t Weaken River Protections at Hydropower Dams”

William Sharfman

Please do the right, proper, and sensible thing and close the loophole in HR 8 that removes protection and care for our natural resources in the form of wildlife that is harmed by dams unless provision is made for their ability to carry on living as they naturally do. Equally the quality of our water being degraded is a poor trade and must not be permitted. Electric operators of these dams must first and foremost be required to do no harm to the water they are exploiting.

Failing to do so simply robs us of our natural resources and acts further to kill off the natural world we depend on in dozens of ways, wildlife, fish, and above all, water.

Nick Pinto

Please do the right, proper, and sensible thing and close the loophole in HR 8 that removes protection and care for our natural resources in the form of wildlife that is harmed by dams unless provision is made for their ability to carry on living as they naturally do. Equally the quality of our water being degraded is a poor trade and must not be permitted. Electric operators of these dams must first and foremost be required to do no harm to the water they are exploiting.

Failing to do so simply robs us of our natural resources and acts further to kill off the natural world we depend on in dozens of ways, wildlife, fish, and above all, water.

Ryan Leary

Please do the right, proper, and sensible thing and close the loophole in HR 8 that removes protection and care for our natural resources in the form of wildlife that is harmed by dams unless provision is made for their ability to carry on living as they naturally do. Equally the quality of our water being degraded is a poor trade and must not be permitted. Electric operators of these dams must first and foremost be required to do no harm to the water they are exploiting.

Failing to do so simply robs us of our natural resources and acts further to kill off the natural world we depend on in dozens of ways, wildlife, fish, and above all, water.