Perspectives on Analyzing Impacts Related to Multiple Hydroelectric Development
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Staff assessed the environmental impacts of 12 small-scale hydroelectric projects on 10 target resources in selected watersheds of the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, California in partial fulfillment of Section 306 of the Energy and Water Appropriation Act of 1983. The analytical approaches used in the Upper San Joaquin Study are generally consistent with the Cluster Impact Assessment Procedure proposed by Staff to assess cumulative impacts. An examination of the study and how it was conducted can serve as a window on how Staff views multiple hydroelectric development in river basins and the roles that resource agencies, developers, and native American and public interest groups may be expected to play in such studies in the future.