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HRC or member-contributed
Published  9/29/2021
This film discusses the unintended consequences of the construction and operation of the Harris Dam on Alabama’s Tallapoosa River, and how it has changed the way downstream communities interact with the river. With the licensing underway, there are opportunities to weigh in on how the dam is operated and what protection and enhancement measures are […]
Comments & FilingsLaws, court cases, and filings
The September 2021 license order for the Cornell University project (P-3251) includes the reservation of authority for FERC to require financial assurance measures. Commissioner Danly authored a partial concurrence and partial dissent for this license order, highlighting his concern about financial assurances and referring back to the January 2021 financial assurances NOI (see the HRC’s […]
HRC or member-contributed
Comments & Filings
Published  9/6/2021
The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) submitted these comments in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) request for information (RFI) on the definition of the term “inadequate electric service,” which appeared in the 2020 update to Sec. 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 “Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. […]
HRC or member-contributed
Comments & FilingsLaws, court cases, and filingsSample pleadings
Published  8/15/2021
Motion to intervene and comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Coosa River Hydroelectric Project from Alabama Rivers Alliance, American Rivers, and Coosa Riverkeeper. These comments request FERC to examine greenhouse gas emissions from the project and take climate impacts into consideration.
HRC or member-contributed
Comments & FilingsLaws, court cases, and filings
Published  7/1/2021
Comments from American Rivers, American Whitewater, Friends of the Teton River, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, and Trout Unlimited on the draft license application from Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. on the Felt Hydroelectric Project (P-5089). The 12-foot-high dam, originally constructed in the early 1900s, was granted a 40-year license […]
HRC or member-contributed
Comments & FilingsLaws, court cases, and filings
Published  4/22/2021
The Hydropower Reform Coalition, Appalachian Mountain Club, Connecticut River Conservancy, and other members of the Coalition provided these comments in response to FERC’s “Notice of Virtual Listening Sessions and a Public Comment Period” (March 5, 2021) on the creation of the Office of Public Participation. Read our full comments here. FERC docket AD21-9-000: Office of […]
HRC or member-contributed
Comments & FilingsLaws, court cases, and filings
Published  3/25/2021
The Hydropower Reform Coalition provided these comments in response to FERC’s “Notice of Inquiry: Financial Assurance Measures for Hydroelectric Projects,” 86 Fed. Reg. 7081 (Jan. 26, 2021) (NOI). Until recently, most licenses and other authorizations were issued to public utilities that sold power under rates guaranteed to cover their costs for operation, maintenance, and retirement. […]
dead fish in polluted Klamath River water
Tribal ResourcesVideos
Published  3/18/2021
Known for its scenic beauty and spectacular wildlife, the Klamath Basin also sees its share of controversy as communities grapple with how to meet the water needs of people, farms, and fish. This film explores the story of the Klamath Tribes’ fight to save the sacred C’waam and Koptu fish and a dying lake.
HRC or member-contributed
ReportsTribal Resources
Published  3/6/2021
Collaborations in Indian Country is a primer on the importance of social justice work and a collection of interviews with members of tribal nations that have worked closely with HRC and its members.
Published  2/11/2021
The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force was formed in the wake of the failures of Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam on the Tittabawasee River in May 2020. The purpose of the Task Force was to recommend policy, legislative, budgetary, and enforcement reforms to prevent future catastrophic dam failure events. The final report of the Task […]