Corps studies need for hydropower


October 11, 2023

Sarah Brown

Low water levels at Green Peter Dam.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is undergoing multiple studies to evaluate and improve conditions for ESA-listed fish across the Willamette Basin. In September, the USACE held two public sessions last month to inform the public about a study it is performing to determine federal interest in the continuation of hydropower production in its Willamette Valley System (WVS).

The study is a response to the Water Resource Development Act of 2022 (WRDA22) (section 8220), which requires the USACE to determine whether there would be any national benefits to deauthorizing hydropow...

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