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Representative Hastings Introduces Extreme Dams Bill

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Representative Doc Hastings of Washington has introduced an extreme bill that does more harm than good to rivers and hydropower in the United States. The bill titled Saving Our Dams and New Hydropower Development and Jobs Act (H.R. 6247) currently has no co-sponsors.This comes just a month after... read more

New Hydro Project Proposed on the Yuba River

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A Canadian company has proposed to build a new hydroelectric facility at Daguerre Point Dam on the South Yuba River in California. Earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had determined that continued operation of the dam will jeopardize endangered fish... read more

Oneida Narrows Dam Proposal Suffers Major Setback

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Source: Idaho Rives UnitedBOISE — Idaho Rivers United helped achieve a big win for the Bear River in southeast Idaho this week when the Idaho Department of Water Resources denied a water right that would have facilitated construction of a new dam at Oneida Narrows.In a July 26 Preliminary... read more

Update on Condit Dam Removal

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Check out the latest update from the Oregonian, including a video, on Condit dam removal and progress on restoring the White Salmon River.

Tony Clark Starts as FERC Commissioner

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Former North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark was sworn in last week as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Clark fills the position left vacant after the departure of Marc Spitzer, who resigned in December 2011. Commissioner Clark formerly served as a... read more

Developer Surrenders Permit to Study Feasibility at Existing Dam in Washington

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Free Flow Power (FFP), a developer that held a preliminary permit to study feasibility to develop hydropower at Cle Elum Dam on the Cle Elum River near Cle Elum, in Kittitas County, Washington, surrendered its permit last week.In its letter submitted to FERC on June 4, FFP explains that... read more

FERC Issues Preliminary Permit For a New Dam

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Despite strong opposition from stakeholders, including HRC members, FERC has issued a preliminary permit to Boundary Creek Hydro, a subsidiary of Symbiotics seeking to develop hydropower on the Boundary Creek near Bonners, Idaho.  The proposal includes building a diversion dam and a 6.4 mile... read more

House Passes Bill Waiving Environmental Review for Conduit Projects

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On March 7, the House passed a bill by Representative Tipton Scott (R-CO) that would waive environmental review requirements for conduit hydropower projects on facilities owned by Bureau of Reclamation.The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to face opposition.The Bureau of... read more

Federal Biologists Determine that Corps Dams Are Harming Yuba River Fisheries

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A Biological Opinion (BiOp) recently produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has determined that continued operation of Englebright dam and Daguerre Point dams on the lower Yuba River in California will jeopardize endangered fish species on the Yuba River.The Central... read more

FERC Denies Permit for Water Supply and Hydropower Proposal

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today denied a proposal by a developer to build seven hydropower projects along a proposed 501 mile long pipeline to carry water from south Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado.Last year in September, a Fort Collins businessman Aaron Million had applied for a... read more

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