Cumulative Watershed Impacts of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects in Irrigation Delivery Systems: A Case Study

Cumulative Watershed Impacts of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects in Irrigation Delivery Systems: A Case Study

Prepared for Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Environmental Foundation by Les Perkins, Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) • June 2013

Hydropower is a complex topic, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. Energy Trust of Oregon and BEF are interested in the development of low impact small-scale hydropower projects, particularly those that could be incorporated into an existing water distribution system. This case study examines what differentiates small-scale hydro projects from traditional hydropower and the anticipated impact of these projects on area watersheds.

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