A license amendment for Erie Boulevard's Lower Raquette River project will increase the project's generating capacity by 50% (from 12 to 18 MW) while converting four dams from peaking generation into run-of-the-river mode, speeding up the license's fish protection and downstream fish passage measures by three years (from 2010 to 2007), and adding upstream eel passage at four dams.
Contact: Steve Rothert, American Rivers: 530-277-0448 Amy Kober, American Rivers: 206-213-0330 x23Oroville, CA -- Salmon and steelhead of the Feather River, along with the many people who fish and boat there, will benefit from an agreement covering operations of the Oroville hydroelectric project, to be signed today in Oroville.
FERC's deadline for all interested parties in the Hells Canyon dams to file their recommendations for terms and conditions in the new license was January 26, 2006. The federal National Marine Fisheries Service - the agency charged with protecting migrating endangered salmon and steelhead - submitted a simple reservation of authority. In other words, the agency did nothing and failed in its responsibility to protect these endangered species.
The Coalition was pleased as punch to see Portland General Electric (PGE) showcase its new commitments to fish recovery - taking the connection between environmental restoration and its hydropower dams and new licenses online. From PGE's March 8th press release:Fish and the rivers they live in: PGE Web site tells many storiesAnglers will find trend data and fish counts helpfulMuch of Oregon' s story, past and present, is about our waterways and the fish that travel them.