'Whether we like it or not, over the next 20 years roughly the world will double its hydropower capacity'
“While experts anticipate dramatic growth in hydropower in the coming years, don’t expect to see another Hoover Dam anytime soon. “Building large dams is almost out of the question in the U.S. and in Europe because of environmental constraints,” said Uria-Martinez. Energy policymakers have focused instead on developing sustainable hydropower dams, which are typically on a small scale.”
As water becomes more of valuable commodity in the United States, competition between public and private uses for this resource is heating up. This has caused a disturbing trend in governmental sector which seems to be succumbing to political pressure to side more often with corporate interest wishing to privatize water use.
The U.S. Department of Justice has conceded and U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason today signed an order confirming that the State of Alaska owns the submerged lands of the Fortymile River’s Mosquito Fork. This is a successful outcome for the State of Alaska, which filed a lawsuit in 2012 seeking to confirm state ownership of these lands.
The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science has submitted a report to the Secretary of the Interior on the operations and partnerships of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and Climate Science Centers. In this report, the Committee offers nine recommendations regarding the co-production of actionable science, encouraging coordination and collaboration within DOI and with partners, engaging tribal and indigenous peoples, and program evaluation.There may be something in this report that would be useful in commenting on the BSWI and CY RMPs:
Water Policy Consulting, in partnership with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Seldovia Village Tribe and the Native Villages of Golovin and Shaktoolik is offering the spring/summer 2015 Climate Change for Alaska’s Rural Communities webinars series. The series will demonstrate how Native Villages and other communities in Alaska can apply traditional ecological knowledge, conventional data and other strategies to address climate change impacts on water and subsistence resources through vulnerability assessments, adaption planning, water resource management and protection, land and water rights, sovereignty, funding and technical resources and other resiliency and mitigation strategies.