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Selected environmental concerns for small hydroelectric development in Oregon Public Deposited

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  • Small hydroelectric development, the construction or reconstruction of small scale hydropower systems, has become a much discussed alternative for the future supply of U.S. energy. In the Pacific Northwest, the greatest potential for small hydro application is in the development of new dam sites. Although much is known about the environmental effects of large scale hydroelectric development, the environmental effects of smaller dam projects are less defined. The objective of this report is to review environmental considerations for small hydroelectric development applicable to Oregon. Potential physical effects of small dam projects will likely include alterations of flow patterns, increased water temperatures downstream, and changes in streambank stability. Ecological relationships may be altered where fish runs are disturbed or special habitat is threatened. Recreational use of a river will be changed by the addition of a hydroelectric facility. A concern for historic or archaeological sites will need to be addressed in the planning stage of Oregon's small hydro development.
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