Clean Water Act

Coalition testifies against a bad hydro discussion draft

The Hydropower Reform Coalition went before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power yesterday to testify against a bad discussion draft that would shift the balance over management of water resources and strip federal agencies and states of their authorities to protect the resources they have the mandate of protecting.

If enacted, among other things, the bill would:

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Resurgence of the River Treasure: Jefferson PUD and a Comprehensive Plan for Hydroelectric Power

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Vol. 20, No. 1, 1995
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1995
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Part I: "documents the development of early American water law and traces the increase of public interest in the river resource"; Part II: "illustrates the environmental impacts of hydroelectric power and discusses how the Supreme Court's 1946 decision allowed the federal government unrestricted authority to license hydropower development;" Part III: "analyzes the Supreme Court's recent determination that state water quality certificates must be incorporated into federal licenses

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Handy, Seth

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Clean Water Act Section 401 Provides the Key to Stream Protection in Hydropower Licensing

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Vol. 2, No. 2, April 1991
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1991
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Although the FERC has tried repeatedly to restrict the states' authority under section 401, the states can prevent degradation of the quality and uses of waterways through the development and enforcement of strong water quality standards.

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Birnbaum, S. Elizabeth

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Supreme Court Upholds States' Right to Protect Rivers from Hydropower Dams

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 9-0 opinion in the case of S.D. Warren v. Maine Board of Environmental Protection, rejecting a South African paper company' s bid to exempt five of its hydroelectric dams in Maine from the Clean Water Act.

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