Lower Chippewa River Settlement Agreement, WI--Technical assistance in establishing recreational flows, recreational facility planning, protection of riparian land and open space, and settlement agreement negotiations between Northern States Power Co.
Xcel Energy), City of Eau Claire, WI, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Lake Holcombe Improvement Association, Inc., Lake Wissota Improvement Association, Lower Chippewa Restoration Coalition, Inc., Chippewa Rod and Gun Club, River Alliance of Wisconsin, and the National Park Service.
The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
National Park Service Rivers and Trails hydropower program has played a major role in licensing efforts through partnership approaches to river protection and outdoor recreation for responsible hydropower development.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Staff assistance is available to stakeholders in FERC hydropower licensing proceedings to assist with recreation issues and river conservation.
Assistance is applicable to hydropower projects both within and outside units of the National Park System.
Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants.
Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants, as well as the general public.
Aplication and Award Process
Program advice and information is available from the appropriate NPS Regional Office.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Contact the program leader for Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance in the appropriate NPS Regional Office.
Decisions are based upon adherence to program criteria and the availability of staff.
Follows requirements of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; rolling.
Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 797-828c; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. 1271-1287 as amended, Public Law 90-542; Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963, 16 U.S.C. 4601-3, Public Law 88- 29.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length of licensing process.
Post Assistance Requirements
FY 07 $818,000; FY 08 $839,000; and FY 09 est $850,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
None. Staff assistance only.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Information is available on the Web. Assistance complies with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requirements for licensing nonfederal hydropower projects; 18 CFR Parts 4, 5, and 16. Policy and Guidelines for Recreational Technical Assistance in Hydropower Licenses, 57 FR 61915, December 29, 1992.
Regional or Local Office
Applicants are requested to communicate with National Park Service Regional Offices. See Appendix IV in the Catalog or www.nps.gov/rtca.
Rivers and Hydro Leader, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., (Org Code 2220), Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 354-6900. Program inquiries should be directed to Joan Harn at E-mail: Joan_Harn@nps.gov.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Project should have clear opportunity to enhance recreation and lead to tangible conservation of significant natural and cultural resources.