Assessment of Natural Stream Sites for Hydroelectric Dams in the Pacific Northwest Region

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This pilot study presents a methodology for modeling project characteristics using a development model of a stream obstructing dam. The model is applied to all individual stream reaches in hydrologic region 17, which encompasses nearly all of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Project site characteristics produced by the modeling technique include: capacity potential, principal dam dimensions, number of required auxiliary dams, total extent of the constructed impoundment boundary, and the surface area of the resulting reservoir. Aggregated capacity potential values for the region are presented in capacity categories including total, that at existing dams, within federal and environmentally sensitive exclusion zones, ... continued below

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Hall, Douglas G.; Verdin, Kristin L. & Lee, Randy D. March 1, 2012.

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This pilot study presents a methodology for modeling project characteristics using a development model of a stream obstructing dam. The model is applied to all individual stream reaches in hydrologic region 17, which encompasses nearly all of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Project site characteristics produced by the modeling technique include: capacity potential, principal dam dimensions, number of required auxiliary dams, total extent of the constructed impoundment boundary, and the surface area of the resulting reservoir. Aggregated capacity potential values for the region are presented in capacity categories including total, that at existing dams, within federal and environmentally sensitive exclusion zones, and the balance which is consider available for greenfield development within the limits of the study. Distributions of site characteristics for small hydropower sites are presented and discussed. These sites are screened to identify candidate small hydropower sites and distributions of the site characteristics of this site population are presented and discussed. Recommendations are made for upgrading the methodology and extensions to make the results more accessible and available on a larger scale.

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  • Report No.: INL/EXT-11-23130
  • Grant Number: DE-AC07-05ID14517
  • DOI: 10.2172/1042351 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1042351
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc833162

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Hall, Douglas G.; Verdin, Kristin L. & Lee, Randy D. Assessment of Natural Stream Sites for Hydroelectric Dams in the Pacific Northwest Region, report, March 1, 2012; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc833162/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.