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Low-Head Hydropower: Environmental Reports and Case Studies

Environmental Reports and Case Studies regarding low-head hydropower development projects.

The following table provides access to environmental reports (e.g., environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, records of decision) and case studies for low-head hydropower projects undertaken by tribes. You may search the entire repository of relevant reports and case studies by document type, energy resource, project location, and/or tribe using tools provided in the Document Library.

Document NameEnergy ResourceDocument TypeYearMore Info
Low-Head Hydropower Case Study2008more info
Low-Head Hydropower Environmental Assessment2000more info

Other Resources

The following Web sites provide access to repositories of environmental reports and case studies for a wide variety of energy projects, including tribal and non-tribal projects and projects involving other types of energy resources.

Tribal Renewable Energy Case Studies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program maintains a Web site with information about tribal renewable energy case studies, including hydropower projects. The program's Hydropower Energy Resources page provides a link to the Idaho National Laboratory's Virtual Hydropower Prospector, a tool for assessing the energy resource potential of natural streams.

Energy Consumption and Renewable Energy Development Potential on Indian Lands

Energy Consumption and Renewable Energy Development Potential on Indian Lands is a report published in 2000 by the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) that examines electricity use, prices, and renewable energy potential including hydropower for both Federally Recognized Indian Reservations and Tribal Jurisdictional Statistical Areas in Oklahoma.

Hoopa Valley Tribe Initiative

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is preparing a Hydropower Feasibility Study to assess a potential hydropower project on the Trinity River on the Hoopa Valley Reservation (California).

Environmental Studies Repositories

A number of organizations maintain repositories of environmental impact statements (EISs) and environmental assessments (EAs), some of which are specific to energy development on tribal lands.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Impact Statement Database provides a searchable listing of draft and final EISs that have been submitted to the EPA (searchable by keyword in title, publication date, agency, and state). The EPA does not provide a copy of the document itself, but information regarding summaries of EPA comments can be obtained at the Web site.

The DOE Office of the General Counsel provides lists and links to various DOE NEPA Documents (draft and final EISs, EAs, supporting documents, and supplemental analyses) prepared by the agency.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission eLibrary provides a search menu to find EAs, EISs, environmental studies, and a full range of supporting documentation prepared by the agency.

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