Oregon

Three More Hydroelectric Projects Qualify as Low Impact

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has certified three more projects that meet their low-impact certification criteria. The three projects are Winooski in Vermont, Farmers Irrigation District in Oregon; and the Robertson and Ashuelot in New Hampshire.

Through the certification, LIHI recognizes that these projects have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts as required in their certification process.

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Agreement Paves Way For a Healthy Klamath River

A draft agreement, known as the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) that may lead to the removal of four Klamath River dams, was released earlier this week.

The Hydroelectric Agreement also includes provisions for the interim operation of the dams and the process to transfer, decommission, and remove the dams.

According to the Department of Interior, the Agreement lays out the process for additional studies, environmental review, and a decision by the Secretary of the Interior regarding whether:

EA Released for Carmen-Smith Project on the McKenzie river

FERC has released an Environmental Assessment for the Carmen-Smith project (P-2242) located on the McKenzie river in Lane and Linn counties in Oregon.

Among other things, the EA has recommended construction of fish passage facilities at the Trail Bridge dam. The EA notes that although the construction of these facilities would result in environmental costs,

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New Reports Support Removal of Klamath Dams

Three new reports show that removing the four dams on Klamath River will benefit the health of the river and salmon in the long run.

A joint press release issued by American Rivers and the Karuk Tribe, states that the removal of the dams will have relatively minor negative effects in the short-run, will not require sediment removal, but will be beneficial to salmon and water quality without incurring any increased flood risk to downstream residents.

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