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Federal Power Act, regulations as amended - requires consultation with NPS (18 CFR 4.38(a); 18 CFR 5.1 (d); and 18 CFR 16.8(a)); identifies topics for consultation (18 CFR 4.51(f)(4) & 18 CFR 4.51(f)(5)).

Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963, PL88-29 - NPS technical assistance about outdoor recreation resources (16 USC 4601-1)

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, PL90-542 - FERC license restrictions related to the national wild and scenic rivers system (Sec.7(a) and (b), 16 USC 1278(a) and (b)); NPS assistance related to river resources (Sec.11(b), 16 USC 1282(b)); and Federal agency consideration for potential wild, scenic, and recreational river areas (Sec.5(d), 16 USC 1276(d))

National Trails System Act of 1968, P.L. 90-543, as amended through P.L. 107-325, December 4, 2002 - NPS technical assistance about trails (Sec. 11, 16 USC 1250)

NPS Mission, "Preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world."

The NPS Organic Act, "…conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife…" (18 U.S.C. 1 et seq).

Key References:


American Rivers/Hydropower Reform Coalition

American Whitewater Association

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower Page

National Hydropower Association

U.S. Department of Energy Hydropower Program


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  • Milwaukee
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  • Seattle (Pacific Northwest)
  • Washington, DC

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