Spending bill includes funds for Niagara River hydro study

A federal appropriations bill signed by President Obama includes $475,750 to fund a feasibility study on Niagara River hydropower.

Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., secured the funds for the study, which is to determine the feasibility of carrying out a project for a low-head hydroelectric generating facility in the Niagara River. The funds were included in a $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill for the current fiscal year signed by the president March 11. (HNN 3/11/09)

The study was authorized by the Water Resources and Development Act of 2007 but only now funded. (HNN 11/9/07) WRDA specifically directs the Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study for a new low-head hydroelectric generating facility on the Niagara River.

The Corps will review existing Niagara River hydropower reports to determine the efficacy of building a low-head hydropower facility on the Niagara, the congresswoman’s office said. Should the Corps determine that a low-head hydro facility is feasible, then the stage would be set for construction.

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