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The Teesta-V hydropower station, in Sikkim, northern India, has been rated...
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New research says dams and reservoirs are reducing the benefits of healthy rivers
A global assessment of the location and extent of the planet’s rivers by a team of international researchers has highlighted what it describes as ‘severe degradation’, with just...
‘Leaky dams’ project to help wildlife and communities
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has started a project to boost wildlife and help reduce the risk of flooding in Mid-Wales.
IHA releases sustainability guidelines for hydropower
The International Hydropower Association has announced the release of new sustainability guidelines that present a definition of the processes and outcomes relating to good...
$76 million contract awarded for fish passage works at Cle Elum Dam
Garco Construction, Inc has won a contract valued at almost US$76 million from the US Bureau of Reclamation for construction services as part of the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Project.
IDB and IHA partner to promote sustainable hydropower
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) are partnering to support sustainable development of hydropower across Latin America and...
Icelandic project assessed under Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
The 690MW Fljótsdalur hydropower station in Iceland has become power company Landsvirkjun’s third project to be assessed under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol,...
Assessment shows Costa Rica hydro plant demonstrates ‘international good practice’
The Reventazón project in Costa Rica, the largest hydropower plant in Central America, has been classed as an example of international good practice in hydropower sustainability,...
Fish passage works awarded at Cle Elum Dam, US
Northbank Civil & Marine, Inc is to build a new fish passage tunnel at Cle Elum Dam in Washington, US, under a $15.2 million contract awarded by the US Bureau of Reclamation.
Dams overflow in Houston floods
Two dams in the Houston area are overflowing as record rains hit in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, leaving communities in danger of further flooding.
Roaring River Dam to be removed in Tennessee
A 41-year-old dam is to be removed soon in what has been described as the largest ever dam removal project in Tennessee, US, for river and stream restoration purposes.
Supreme Court deals blow to Ruataniwha dam project, New Zealand
Plans to develop the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, have been dealt a major blow with news that the Supreme Court has ruled that land that would be...
Blanda hydropower project wins IHA’s Blue Planet Prize
The Blanda hydropower project in Iceland is the 2017 winner of the IHA Blue Planet Prize, which recognises projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.
G-res tool allows hydro industry to report on carbon footprint
A new tool that enables the hydropower sector to report on its carbon footprint for the first time has been launched at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa.
USBR awards funds for fish passage solutions
The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has awarded prizes totaling $20,000 to four submissions as part of its downstream fish passage at tall dams' prize competition.
Pure Energy and WWF team up for hydro in the Philippines
Pure Energy Holdings Corp has joined forces with WWF Philippines in a bid to help encourage development of run-of-river in the country.
Carbon certification launched for small hydro plant, DRC
Virunga National Park and carbon finance group Aera Group have launched a VCS carbon certification process for the 13.6MW Matebe hydropower plant – a move that could offer the...
Lawsuit on Grand Coulee oil pollution settled
Columbia Riverkeeper has announced it has reached a settlement with the US Bureau of Reclamation designed to end toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam in the Pacific Northwest.
Fish passage project at Lower Yellowstone moves step closer
A new 15,500ft long bypass channel is to be built at the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam in Montana, US, under plans selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and...
Mott MacDonald to develop climate resilience guidelines for hydro and dams
Mott MacDonald has announced it has been appointed by the World Bank to develop technical guidelines to improve climate resilience for the hydropower and dams development community.