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Subject: Need info on impacts of small, run-of-the-river hydro electrical generating units.
From: "Piorkowski, Robert J (DFG)" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:55:27 -0800

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> I run the freshwater fisheries resource permit program for the Alaska

> Department of Fish and Game. With high fuel prices still vivid in the

> minds of many, a number of remote villages in Alaska, located on large

> rivers, are looking into the possibility of installing small, run of

> river hydro-electric generators thereby reducing remote village fuel

> costs. These are not low-head dams but anchored units floating in the
main current

> with their top just touching the surface.



> Studies to better understand possible impacts these units might

> have on Alaska's fisheries resources, especially salmon and whitefish,
are now

> being developed. There is concern that these units could kill fish in

> their turbines and/or drive fish away from feeding areas or

> migration routes with the vibrations.


> Are there any papers out there that investigated these issues in other

> areas?


> Thanks in advance for your assistance in helping me increase my

> so that I can better review the applications that come my way. 


>Wishing you all the best,


> Bob




> Bob Piorkowski, Ph.D.

> Alaska Department of Fish and Game-SF

> Box 115526, Juneau, Alaska 99811-5526

> Work (907)465-6109 Fax (907)465-2772

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