Hannibal Hydroelectric Project Ecological Concerns

by Gerald B. Jones, Burgess & Niple Ltd, Columbus, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


In January, 1983 the City of New Martinsville, West Virginia filed a license application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and operate a 34 MW hydroelectric facility at Hannibal locks and dam on the Ohio River. Major concerns expressed by state and federal regulatory agencies over the proposed project included potential project impacts on fish populations, spoil disposal, lost fish habitat and fisherman access, and dissolved oxygen concentrations in the Ohio River. Conditions appended to the license assure mitigation of these concerns and provide safeguards to ensure environmental potection. Included among the license conditions is the requirement that a preconstruction fish mortality study be conducted. The mortality study will provide new information on the effects of low head turbine facilities on warm water fishes and will have significant implications for the design of future hydroelectric projects in the upper Ohio River Valley.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Project management | Fish and fishery management | Ecosystems | Rivers and streams | Dissolved oxygen | Case studies | Licensure and certification | Ohio River

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