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Hydropower Projects

Hydropower is derived from the energy of falling water and running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has supported irrigation and the operation of devices that provide power for sawmills and textile mills. 

Handy Hydropower Summaries

Welcome to the growing library of hydropower license and summary settlement provisions!

The process of applying for a license or a license renewal every 30-50 years is complex, and the process results in license documents that are lengthy (often 150- 200 pages) cumbersome, and often tough to interpret.  RMS has embarked on a project to make it easy to locate and learn how hydropower operations on your river may impact you, and your community! 

Summary of the Process

The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the River Management Society team identifies hydropower licenses completed recently (within the last ten years) of varying complexity and in a variety of geographic locations.  The full decision documents are distilled to highlight the topics of greatest interest to interested members of the public, acknowledge members of stakeholders who are signatories to settlements, and important plans and provisions affecting public use and access to the river. 'Hydro' projects stakeholders include utility company planners, river managers and planners, river conservation and recreation advocates, and municipal leaders and planners. 

These summaries are GREAT to know about when you want to find how the license affects access and use, quickly!  If you know about a hydropower dam whose license has been completed recently and would like us to work on handy summary for that project, email RMS or the Hydropower Reform Coalition.

Alaska

Allison Creek - Allison Creek Hydropower Project

Northwest

Snake River, Idaho - Mid-Snake Project 

Missouri and Madison Rivers, Montana -  Missouri-Madison Project 

W. Rosebud Creek, Montana - Mystic Lake Project

Sun River, Montana - Gibson Project

Clackamas River, Oregon - Clackamas Project 

Wallowa River, Oregon - Wallowa Falls Project

Deschutes River Oregon - Pelton Round Butte Project

Calligan Creek - Calligan Creek Project

Hancock Creek, Washington - Hancock Creek Project

Pend Orielle River, Washington - Boundary Project

Similkameen River, Washington - Enloe Project

Sultan River, Washington - S. Henry M. Jackson Project 

Pacific

Kern River, California - Kern Canyon Project

Stanislaus River, California - Spring Gap-Stanislaus Project

Piru Creek, California - Santa Felicia Project 

Mokolumne River, California - Mokolumne River Projects 

South Fork American River, California - Chili Bar Project 

Upper American River, California - Upper American Projects 

Rockies

Blacksmith River, Utah - Hyrum Dam 

Southwest

Animas River, Colorado - Tacoma Project

Midwest

Fox River, Wisconsin - Badger-Rapide Crochet 

Chippewa River, Wisconsin - Jim Falls Project

Au Sable River, Michigan - Au Sable River Projects

Boardman River, Michigan - Boardman River Projects

Dead River, Michigan - Dead River Projects

Manistee Michigan - Manistee River Projects

Menominee, Michigan - Menominee River Projects

Muskegon, Michigan - Muskegon River Projects

Muskingum, Michigan - Muskingum River Projects

Ontonagon, Michigan - Ontonagon River Projects

Southeast

Kanawha River Project - London-Marmet Project

Kanawha River, West Virginia - Winfield Project

Nantahala River, North Carolina - Nantahala Project  

New River, Virginia - Claytor Project 

Yadkin River, Wilkesboro, North Carolina - W. Kerr Scott Dam Project 

Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, Alabama - Yadkin-Pee Dee Project

Northeast

Hudson River, New York - Green Island Power 

Otter Creek, Vermont - Otter Creek Project

Presumpscot River, Maine - Eel Weir Project

 

These summaries are also available on the Hydropower Reform Coalition website, www.hydroreform.org along with links to the complete license, other hydropower projects and a wealth of information about the relicensing of hydropower dams. 

This project has been made possible by the Arches Foundation and Mott Foundation, with support from the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.