A Bill coauthored by Colorado’s Republican Congressman Scott Tipton and Democratic Senator Mark Udall aimed to expand the use of hydropower and create more jobs in rural communities is headed to the President’s desk for his signature. Tipton says the bill would create rural jobs by expanding the production of clean renewable hydropower in Colorado.
Tipton states that by eliminating duplicative environmental analysis on existing manmade Bureau of Reclamation conduits, like pipes, ditches and canals, that have received a full review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), H.R. 678 should streamline the regulatory process and reduce administrative costs for the installation of small hydropower development projects within those existing conduits.
The legislation was endorsed by the Family Farm Alliance, the National Water Resources Association, the Colorado River District, and the American Public Power Association.