65.5 Gigawatts of energy of new hydropower on our rivers? Hair-raising indeed. The Department of Energy just published a report titled the “New Stream-reach Development Assessment: A Comprehensive Assessment of Hydropower Energy Potential in the United States.” This new report estimated the technical hydropower potential of the USA. The Department of Energy scientists did what… Read more »
The hydropower industry is trying to create a giant loophole for dam operators, so they are not required to protect fish, wildlife, or water quality on our rivers.
The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »
The Hardest Working River in the West: Common-Sense Solutions for a Reliable Water Future for the Colorado River Basin
Download the Executive Summary Download the full report July 17, 2014 The majestic Colorado River cuts a 1,450-mile path through the American West before drying up well short of its natural finish line at the Gulf of California. Reservoirs once filled to the brim from the river and its tributaries are at historic lows due… Read more »
Federal officials recommend not issuing a license for a proposed new hydropower dam on the Bear River in Idaho, citing the outstanding values of that section of the river.
Running through the heart of Columbia, the Broad River is flowing once again to the benefit of rare rocky shoals spider lilies, resident and migratory fish and water-based recreation. For decades the Broad River was dewatered, receiving only leakage flow from the Columbia Diversion Dam. Now healthy flows up to 11 times more than before… Read more »
Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »
Pit River PG&E Watershed | Hydropower Reform Coalition October 18, 2015 marked the 43rd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. This bedrock environmental law has been protecting our waters since 1972. A few years before, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio had caught fire – for the 13th time! – at last moving Congress to act… Read more »
Hoover Dam | US Bureau of Reclamation The iconic Hoover Dam went into service on October 9, 1936 to manage the Colorado River water supply for cities of the Southwest and to irrigate the region’s farmland. It also generates hydroelectricity, which is sold to the states of Nevada and Arizona, Southern California Edison Co., the… Read more »
PG&E is touting its commitment to environmental stewardship – so why are they supporting harmful hydropower legislation?