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Montana Dam Proposals To Be Withdrawn!

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Source: American Whitewaterposted June 7, 2013by Kevin ColburnThe company that has been seeking permits to build three new hydropower projects in Montana announced today that they are abandoning their proposals - for now.  This is a great relief for the many Montanans that care about... read more

Good News for Butte Creek in California

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The California State Water Board issued a draft water quality certification (401 certification) earlier this week that requires the operator of DeSabla-Centreville hydroelectric project to adopt measures to improve water quality and quantity in the Butte Creek. The draft 401 was prepared as part of... read more

Hydro Bill Gets Unanimous Approval in the House

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The US House unanimously approved the bipartisan Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (HR 267) yesterday.The bill aims to expedite the permitting process for conduit hydropower and direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process... read more

House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Hydro Bill

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee of the newly elected 113th Congress has passed a bipartisan hydropower bill that aims to improve the regulatory efficiency for certain types of hydropower projects.The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (H.R. 267), introduced by Representative... read more

Low Water Levels on the Mississippi Forces Developer to Reconsider Hydrokinetic Projects

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The recent drought and record low water levels on the Mississippi River has forced a proponent of hydrokinetic energy projects on the Mississippi river to reconsider its proposal.Free Flow Power, a Massachusetts based company had been exploring development of hydrokinetic energy projects on the... read more

FERC Grants Permit to Study Possibility of Pumped Storage Project Near Twin Falls, Idaho

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Through a preliminary permit issued on Jan 9, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted permission to Corral Creek South Hydro to study the feasibility of developing a 1,100 MW pumped storage project near Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.Corral Creek South Hydro, a subsidiary... read more

Coalition Members urge FERC to Dismiss Two Preliminary Permits

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An apparent lack of progress supplemented by lack of collaboration and inability to pay for project related recovery costs has urged Coalition members to petition FERC to cancel two preliminary permits in Oregon.The proposed projects are: Two Girls Creek Hydroelectric Project (P-14145), with a 5MW... read more

Aspen voters shoot down hydroelectric proposal

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 Source: Aspen Times, November 7, 2012Aspen voters shoot down hydroelectric proposalCastle Creek power project in limboAndre SalvailThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado  Castle Creek flows past the site of a proposed hydroelectric facility that Aspen voters narrowly rejected Tuesday.... read more

Huffington Post Blog Piece on Rep. Hastings' Harmful Dams Bill

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Check out the blog River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill that appeared on Huffington Post this week.The piece written by President of American Rivers, a Steering Committee member of the Coalition, explains how a recent bill by Representative Doc Hastings from Washignton... read more

Former Site Eyed for Hydro Development Gets Wilderness Designation

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Source: American WhitewaterOn September 14 , Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar ensured the long-term protection of Thunder Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, by administratively designating the river corridor as wilderness.  "As a highly valued backcountry kayaking... read more

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