Hydropower

Aerial view of Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River among red rocks

Calls Grow for ‘One-Dam Solution’ on Colorado River

California growers and others in the river’s Lower Basin want the federal government to consider draining Lake Powell to conserve more water downstream.

September 13, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Rock formation along Lake Powell with hosueboat

Glen Canyon Dam Could Stop Producing Hydropower

Lake Powell levels could dip below the dam’s capacity to generate electricity, cutting off one of the Southwest’s most important power sources.

April 19, 2022 - High Country News

Water rushes over a spillway at a large concrete dam.

Congressional Bills Could Hit Refresh on U.S. Dams

The 21st Century Dams Act, a proposal to remove four dams on the lower Snake River, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act all have a chance to redefine the country's approach to dams and watersheds.

August 25, 2021 - American Rivers

Colorado River

Changes for Big Pipeline Project to Connect Utah to the Colorado River

A hugely significant water and power infrastructure project in the works in Utah is now only a water project.

September 28, 2019 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Yosemite National Park

Editorial See Ulterior Motives in Recent Hetch Hetchy Discussion

There have been multiple movements to remove the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, but the most recent flirtation with the idea comes from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. A Chronicle editorial argues Zinke's interest lacks good faith.

August 3, 2018 - The San Francisco Chronicle

South Fork of the Skykomish River

Controversial Hydropower Proposal Scuttled in Washington

A victory for environmental conservationists.

April 18, 2018 - knkx

Passaic River Hydropower

Hydropower Isn't Totally Carbon-Free

Hydroelectric generation itself doesn’t produce greenhouse gases, but it does rely on the creation of reservoirs that release methane into the air.

October 7, 2016 - Crosscut

Bill to Phase-Out Coal Power Advances in Oregon

A bill to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030 is advancing in the legislature. It would also double the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040 for Oregon's two largest utilities.

March 1, 2016 - Think Progress

Juggling Concerns as Amazon Dam Nears Reality

As plans to build a major dam on the Amazon River edge closer to breaking ground, locals in nearby communities worry about the inevitable changes to come.

March 12, 2011 - Smithsonian Magazine

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