Hydropower Projects

Hydropower is derived from the energy of falling water and running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has supported irrigation and the operation of devices that provide power for sawmills and textile mills. 

Handy Hydropower Summaries

Welcome to the growing library of hydropower license and summary settlement provisions!

The process of applying for a license or a license renewal every 30-50 years is complex, and the process results in license documents that are lengthy (often 150- 200 pages) cumbersome, and often tough to interpret.  RMS has embarked on a project to make it easy to locate and learn how hydropower operations on your river may impact you, and your community! 

Summary of the Process

The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the River Management Society team identifies hydropower licenses completed recently (within the last ten years) of varying complexity and in a variety of geographic locations.  The full decision documents are distilled to highlight the topics of greatest interest to interested members of the public, acknowledge members of stakeholders who are signatories to settlements, and important plans and provisions affecting public use and access to the river. 'Hydro' projects stakeholders include utility company planners, river managers and planners, river conservation and recreation advocates, and municipal leaders and planners. 

These summaries are GREAT to know about when you want to find how the license affects access and use, quickly!  If you know about a hydropower dam whose license has been completed recently and would like us to work on handy summary for that project, email RMS or the Hydropower Reform Coalition.

2020 Updates
Several summaries have been updated to provide links to project updates intended to allow stakeholders and members of the general public to learn about important on-going, post-license activities, including amendments and the results of studies required by the original agreement.  Those that have been updated are noted. 

If the project you are interested in is not updated here, you may find helpful information in FERC’s ELibrary. For a general search, you will be asked to provide

  • the Project number,  P-______
  • check “Hydropower” box
  • enter a date range; and
  • “text” (keywords) as applicable.

Yo'u'll experience the most effective searching method by browsing the latest quarter filings with key words: “annual report”, “monitoring”, “status”, etc..


Allison Creek - Allison Creek Hydropower Project


Clackamas River, Oregon - Clackamas Project 

Calligan Creek - Calligan Creek Project - Updated 2020

Deschutes River Oregon - Pelton Round Butte Project - Updated 2020

Hancock Creek, Washington - Hancock Creek Project - Updated 2020

Missouri and Madison Rivers, Montana -  Missouri-Madison Project 

Pend Orielle River, Washington - Boundary Project - Updated 2020

Similkameen River, Washington - Enloe Project

Snake River, Idaho - Mid-Snake Project 

Sultan River, Washington - S. Henry M. Jackson Project - Updated 2020

Sun River, Montana - Gibson Project

W. Rosebud Creek, Montana - Mystic Lake Project - Updated 2020

Wallowa River, Oregon - Wallowa Falls Project - Updated 2020


Kern River, California - Kern Canyon Project

Stanislaus River, California - Spring Gap-Stanislaus Project

Piru Creek, California - Santa Felicia Project 

Mokelumne River, California - Mokelumne River Projects - Updated 2020

South Fork American River, California - Chili Bar Project 

Upper American River, California - Upper American Projects - Updated 2020


Animas River, Colorado - Tacoma Project

Blacksmith River, Utah - Hyrum Dam 


Au Sable River, Michigan - Au Sable River Projects - Updated 2020

Boardman River, Michigan - Boardman River Projects

Chippewa River, Wisconsin - Jim Falls Project

Dead River, Michigan - Dead River Projects

Fox River, Wisconsin - Badger-Rapide Crochet 

Manistee Michigan - Manistee River Projects - Updated 2020

Menominee, Michigan - Menominee River Projects

Muskegon, Michigan - Muskegon River Projects - Updated 2020

Muskingum, Michigan - Muskingum River Projects 

Ontonagon, Michigan - Ontonagon River Projects


Kanawha River Project - London-Marmet Project

Kanawha River, West Virginia - Winfield Project

Monongahela River - West Virginia - Morgantown Lock and Dam, Point Marion Lock and Dam Projects

Nantahala River, North Carolina - Nantahala Project  - Updated 2020

New River, Virginia - Claytor Project 

Yadkin River, Wilkesboro, North Carolina - W. Kerr Scott Dam Project 

Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, Alabama - Yadkin-Pee Dee Project - Updated 2020


Hudson River, New York - Green Island Power 

Otter Creek, Vermont - Otter Creek Project

Presumpscot River, Maine - Eel Weir Project


These summaries are also available on the Hydropower Reform Coalition website, www.hydroreform.org along with links to the complete license, other hydropower projects and a wealth of information about the relicensing of hydropower dams. 

This project has been made possible by the Arches Foundation and Mott Foundation, with support from the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.