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Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

Small hydropower project outflowWhat You Can Do
After considering the energy resource, the following factors can help you move through the process quickly:

    Choose a site where there will likely be few environmental concerns
    • Locate the project at an existing dam or conduit
    • Design the project to have little change to water flow and use
    • Avoid areas with endangered species or fish passage issues
    Provide sufficient information in the application
    • Document the rights needed for project construction and operation
    • Take advantage of existing information on environmental resources in the project area
    • Address any issues that have been identified
    Conduct adequate consultation
    • Identify the key federal and state agencies, tribes, and citizen groups likely to have an interest in your project
    • Meet with the stakeholders as soon as possible in the planning process
    • Provide stakeholders with information sufficient to describe your project