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Socioeconomic Mitigation Measures

Mitigation measures to avoid or reduce socioeconomic impacts from hydrokinetic energy development.

A hydrokinetic energy project can have positive economic effects such as increases in employment and local revenue. Few, if any, mitigation measures may be necessary. Even a large hydrokinetic energy project such as a barrage facility may require only a modest construction workforce, and an even smaller operating and maintenance workforce. There could be situations where existing infrastructure and social services are inadequate to meet the needs of any workforce that is not local to the area. This is especially true on tribal lands, where there can be both cultural differences and disparities among incomes, education, and access to basic services. The following mitigation measures may be applicable to avoid or reduce these impacts depending upon site- and project-specific conditions.

  • Energy companies should work with tribal, state, and local agencies/governments to develop community-monitoring programs that will be sufficient to identify and evaluate socioeconomic impacts resulting from hydrokinetic energy development. Monitoring programs should collect data reflecting economic, fiscal, and social impacts of the development at the tribal, state, and local level. Parameters to be evaluated could include impacts to local labor and housing markets, local consumer product prices and availability, local public services (e.g., police, fire, and public health), and educational services. Programs should also monitor indicators of social disruption (e.g., crime, alcoholism, drug use, and mental health) and the effectiveness of community welfare programs in addressing these problems.
  • Energy companies should work with tribal, state, and local agencies to develop community outreach programs that would help communities adjust to changes triggered by energy development. Such programs could include any of the following activities:
    • Establish vocational training programs for the local workforce to promote development of skills required by the hydrokinetic energy industry.
    • Develop instructional materials for use in area schools to educate the local communities on the hydrokinetic energy industry.
    • Provide financial support to local libraries for development of information repositories on hydrokinetic energy, including materials on the hazards and benefits of commercial development. Electronic repositories established by the operators could also be of great value.