Developing a Workable Public Input Process for Aesthetics and Recreational Needs During Hydropower Licensing

by Deborah Howe, HDR Engineering, Inc, Bellevue, United States,
Mike Stimac, HDR Engineering, Inc, Bellevue, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Aesthetics and recreation are becoming increasingly important issues during hydropower licensing. A variety of regulations and legislation mandate the protection of instream flows for aesthetic and recreational resources. These have provided impetus for determining the effects of instream flows on recreation and aesthetic resources. A public survey designed for a proposed small hydropower project, located in a heavily used recreation area, attempts to determine the aesthetic and recreational preferences for instream flows. The major components in designing the survey are discussed. The public input process is still underway, however, preliminary results indicate lower flows in the river are generally preferable by visitors of the area. This is likely because of the types of users and the recreation activities performed.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Streamflow | Recreation | Aesthetics | Water-based recreation | Public opinion and participation | Licensure and certification

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