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Passage And Flow Considered Anew – Wild Salmon Restoration Via Hydro Relicensing

Congress: 2015
Author(s): PAUL STANTON KIBEL
PAUL STANTON KIBEL
Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law
Water and Natural Resource Counsel, Water and Power Law Group
 
WORLD WATER CONGRESS / HYDRO LAW PANEL
Edinburgh, Scotland / May 2015

Oral:
Abstract
Articulation of rules and rights that govern how water is utilized instream – a more recent focus in the field of water law
 
Habitat Requirements for Pacific Coast Wild Salmon
  • downstream and upstream passage
  • cold water temperatures
  • gravel and woody debris for spawning
Pacific Coast Dams Built in the United States in the 1940-1970 Period
  • reliance on hatchery salmon programs to offset anticipated losses of wild salmon
Hydro Relicensing under the United States Federal Power Act (FPA)
  • Section 10(j) of FPA – mitigate damage to and enhance fish affected by project
  • Section 18 of FPA – conditions necessary to ensure effective fish passage
Oroville Hydro Relicensing on the Feather River in California
  • additional releases to maintain cold water temperatures below dam
  • gravel and woody debris supplementation below dam
Pelton Hydro Relicensing on the Deschutes River in Oregon
selective water withdrawal (SWW) facility to improve downstream passage
 
Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) Certification for Existing Facilities
  • healthy river flows
  • effective fish passage
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