Conclusion

Developing and implementing protection, mitigation, and enhancement strategies at hydroelectric projects is a complex task. The reasons for this include: 1) the river and geologic conditions can vary widely from project to project, 2) different strategies can affect human and other species’ interests very differently, and 3) technologies and knowledge are continually changing and improving.

Determining the best mix of strategies is something in which generators of hydropower, government agencies, Native American tribes, elected officials, recreators, affected industries, environmental groups, and the general public can and should participate.