Cumulative Impacts and Comprehensive Planning: A Problem of Synergism and a Policy Dilemma
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
Since 1978 there has been a dramatic increase in proposals to develop hydroelectric resources. Until recently, federal environmental review procedures generally were limited to the impacts of individual projects. Recently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted a procedure to assess cumulative impacts of multiple hydroelectric development. The procedure is a significant step towards systematic review of cumulative environmental impacts of hydroelectric. The procedure does not, however, obviate the need for additional Congressional review of the federal hydroelectric licensing process.