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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »