Endangered Species 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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Hydroelectric Dams Endanger the Coosa River

The failure by Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the endangered wildlife from impacts from hydropower projects has qualified the Coosa River as one of nation’s most endangered rivers.

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Relicensing and environmental issues affecting hydropower

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1995
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This article presents and overview of the hydropower industry and summarizes two recent events that have greatly influenced relicensing and environmental issues. First, the US Supreme Court's May 1994 Tacoma decision raised fundamental questions about who has the authority to relicense hydroelectric power plants. Second, under the Endangered Species Act, Federal agencies are required to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize protected species and their habitat. The impact of the Act has been particularly significant recently for the federally owned facilities in the Pacific Northwest that are presently under streamflow restrictions aimed at aiding endangered local fish populations.

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Reichenbach , R.D. , Hankey , R.S.

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Hydropower Licensing and Endangered Species: Procedures for Complying with the Endangered Species Act

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Paper No. DPR-7
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1993
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Primarily designed to help the Commission's staff comply with the Endangered Species Act, and help applicants gain a better understanding of the complexities and timing of the endangered species process

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Mitchnick , Alan D. , FERC staff

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