Renewable Energy Planning

The Renewable Energy Planning Branch of the Habitat Conservation Division...

The hydropower licensing process provides the Service with a critical role in pursuing the restoration of the nation's wetlands, waterways, and watersheds through its various programs in collaboration with our partners.

Opportunities include restoring river flows, protection of fish and wildlife habitat, protection of listed species, provision of fish passage to reconnect fragmented river habitats, and fish and wildlife restoration.

This effort integrates many of the Service's programs and has a long tradition of fostering collaboration with the regulated community and our partners to accomplish common ecosystem conservation and restoration goals.

Processing Aquatic Insect SamplesThe program success requires a long-term project planning commitment (the Federal Energy Regulatory Ccommission's licensing process averages 7 years to complete) to reap long-term fish and wildlife benefits (30-50 years).

Instream Flow

The ability of a fish to spawn and rear young to survive is dependent on the volume of water flowing within the creeks and rivers.

Too little flow at critical times could cause salmon eggs and young to become stranded and die. Too much water and the eggs and young can be washed away during a flood situation.

Learn about the studies being done to identify the instream flow requirements for anadromous fish within the Central Valley of California here.