Project Results

Several people on a raft in whitewater
NPS training, Clackamas River, OR

Photo - Doug Whittaker

Since 2002, NPS has worked on FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to protect, improve and create access to outdoor recreation on over 1,900 river miles and over 1700 miles of trails, and contributed to the conservation of over 80,000 acres of parks and open space. As a result of the FERC process, licensees support recreation and conservation improvements including, recreation facilities and access points, shoreline protection, flows for recreation, and interpretation and education materials.

Here are some outcomes of Hydro Settlement and License Provisions that result from NPS participation:

Here are some examples of NPS involvement in projects:

  • Recreation:

    • Access facilities (e.g., boat ramps, portages, mobility impaired access, improved shoreline fishing access, trails, changing areas, sanitation improvements, parking)
    • Flows (e.g., whitewater releases, improved navigability, fishing flows, release schedules, reduced opportunity for conflicts between fishing and boating)
    • Funds (e.g., access fee agreements, recreation facility maintenance)
    • Education (e.g., recreational/historical brochures, interpretive displays)
  • Land Protection:

    • Donation of project lands and for conservation and public use
    • Acquisition of lands for conservation and public use
    • Protection of culturally significant sites including archaeological resources

  • Aquatic Habitat:

    • Increased minimum flows

    • Increased operational flexibility

    • Habitat restoration funds

    • Habitat improvements for fish, mussels, and other aquatic life

    • Remediation of erosion

    • Wetlands restoration

    • Reduced winter drawdown

    • Reduced spring impoundment fluctuation

  • Enhancement Funds:

    • Protection, mitigation, enhancement funding
    • Research and monitoring
    • Water quality education
    • Recreation facility maintenance
    • Settlement Enforceability:

    • Language to clarify alternative courses of action if FERC does not accept key provisions of Offers of Settlement or rejects agreement.

Last updated: October 23, 2017