Licensing the Moose River Hydroelectric Project

by Eugene J. Gemperline, Harza Engineering Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


This paper describes environmental considerations in the licensing and permitting of the Moose River Hydroelectric Project, a 12.2 MW development in Central New York State. It illustrates the breadth of concerns for a 'small' hydropower project, the institutional means for identifying and addressing the potential impacts during the licensing process, how open consultation with agencies successfully addressed these concerns, and the impact of the adopted mitigation measures on project design and operation. The issues discussed include: aesthetics, involving siting and design of the project; historic, involving documentation of a pre-existing mill complex on the site; fisheries/water quality, involving a target species, minimum flows and temperature considerations; wildlife, involving wetlands; and recreation, involving whitewater preservation, picnicking and hiking.

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Rivers and streams | Hydro power | Historic preservation | Power plants | Construction management | Historic sites | Water quality | New York | United States

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