The proposed changes to the NEPA regulations cover the spectrum from perfunctory to consequential. The reoccurring theme of the proposed revisions is “back to the Act” – the changes are primarily justified via references to the original NEPA law.
Kleinschmidt is one of only a few engineering consulting firms in the United States specializing in servicing the hydropower industry and has been doing so for more than five decades. In the 1980s, they expanded into environmental and licensing services, and are now nationally known for this expertise, in addition to the engineering skills that have always been a hallmark of the company. In the 1990s, Kleinschmidt recognized the opportunity to expand their client base beyond hydro, and the company has excelled in ecosystem assessments, individual habitat and river restoration projects, watershed management, water supply reservoir management, dam removal, fish passage, and impact studies for wetlands.
Many of today’s penstocks were built in the early 1900s using design methods, materials, and construction techniques far different from those used today. Further, facilities now operate in a manner that has increased the physical pressures imposed on aging penstocks.
While well-designed fish passage may not generate revenue, it is still essential to your facility’s future. Ultimately, it allows you to keep doing business, by ensuring compliance with key federal and state/provincial regulations such as the Federal Power Act (FPA) in the United States and the Fisheries Act in Canada.
As the owner of a hydroelectric facility, chances are that you know the technical aspects of how a plant produces electricity and what it takes to keep it running. However, are you as familiar with the regulatory oversight required for your facility?
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) with consultation from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Kleinschmidt Associates designed and implemented a study to evaluate American Shad downstream fish passage at Hanover Pond Dam.
Transmission tower above-ground steel and grillage footings (four-legged and guyed structures).
What does Sustainability Mean?
Balancing risk, cost, and ecosystem restoration during dam removal.
What is effective fish passage?