Determination of the Effects of Multiple Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects on Resources in a California River Basin: A Matrix Approach

by Richard B. McLean, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, TN, USA,
Daniel M. Evans, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, TN, USA,
Glen F. Cada, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, TN, USA,
Carl H. Petrick, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, TN, USA,
Robert M. Reed, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, TN, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85

Abstract: In 1983, Section 306 of the Energy and Water Appropriation Act required the FERC to conduct a comprehensive water resource analysis in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, California. A methodology was needed to provide a mechanism to quantify both objective and subjective concerns, deal with a wide range of data availability, and allow mitigation needs to be easily identified and the effects of mitigation quantified. This paper summarizes the methodology developed for evaluating the environmental effects of 12 proposed hydroelectric projects (including two competing applications) at 10 sites. The proposed projects ranged in size from 0. 16 to 4. 95 MW for a total of 24. 4 to 33. 5 MW.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Water resources | Basins | Rivers and streams | Matrix (mathematics) | Power plants | Resource management | Environmental issues | Management methods | North America | California | United States

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