Dam owners present hydropower as a “clean” technology. But outdated dams can hurt rivers.

Steelhead Photo by Will Boucher, California Trout

Upcoming event

FERC Licensing 101 Training Nov. 1st

FERC Licensing 101 Training Nov. 1st

Join us for an introduction on how hydropower licensing works, what you can achieve during a project licensing, how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission works, and strategies for getting involved. This training is geared towards newer hydropower practitioners, but there is something for everyone to learn. We will have lots of time for discussion, so come with questions.


Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman, California Chair, Hydropower Reform Coalition & California Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
Colleen McNally-Murphy, Associate National Director, Hydropower Reform Coalition

Registration will be capped at 30 people so sign up early! Register here

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