A Case for Modernizing the Funding and Repayment of Regional Water/Power Projects

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by Peter G. Ungerman, Ungerman Engineering Inc, Ft Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: Several regional water/power projects authorized by Congress remain unfunded and therefore uncompleted year after year. In this paper examples of such uncompleted projects are examined. Discussed are evolving strategies and methodologies being used or advocated for lagging water/power projects. Of particular note are the yet to be constructed features of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program (P-SBMP) on the Missouri River and uncompleted parts of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming (the participating projects). The review concludes that a major overhaul for funding policy is needed. Some idealized attributes of a replacement system are suggested.

Subject Headings: Financing | Rivers and streams | Hydro power | Power plants | Basins | Water storage | Reservoirs | Developing countries | North America | United States | Missouri River | Colorado River | Utah | Colorado | Wyoming | New Mexico

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