A bill pending in the U.S. Senate would make the hydroelectric industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission into modern-day Robber Barons.
Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »
This is a joint blog by John Seebach and Kevin Lewis, the Conservation Director of Idaho Rivers United. Pictured left, the authors after a full afternoon in the U.S. Senate and a DC summer thunderstorm Twin Falls Waterfall, ID | © Kevin Lewis Is a waterfall still a waterfall if there’s no water flowing over… Read more »
In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, we share some examples of how our work helps to protect and restore important fish habitat.
A couple of weeksago, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed the full house with bi-partisan support. The bill was co-sponsored by Cathy McMorris-Rogers (WA,R) and Diana DeGette (CO, D) Quite an accomplishment in the current political climate! The Bill does several things, here are some highlights: It raises the generation threshold from 5 megawatts to… Read more »
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.