Hydropower Recreation Assistance

To serve as a national technical resource to support government, industry, and nonprofit partnerships in ongoing consultations and negotiations about applications for hydropower licensing; to meet present and future outdoor recreation and river conservation needs; to maintain and enhance a project's
riparian areas.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

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.

Agency - Department of the Interior

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.

Office - Applicants are requested to communicate with National Park Service Regional Offices.

See Appendix IV in the Catalog or www.nps.gov/rtca.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, and Local government agencies and hydropower licensing applicants, as well as the general public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program advice and information is available from the appropriate NPS Regional Office.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Contact the program leader for Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance in the appropriate NPS Regional Office.

Award Procedures

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

Project specific.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length of licensing process.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



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.

Information Contacts

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.

Headquarters Office

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.

Social Entrepreneurship

A Toast to Social Entrepreneurship

Chris Raine, an MBA student and Skoll Scholar at Saïd Business School, Oxford University who fundamentally believes in social entrepreneurship, founded an online community program called Hello Sunday Morning.

More Federal Domestic Assistance Programs

Mississippi Environmental Infrastructure (Section 592) - ARRA | Food for Progress | IIP Individual Grants | Agriculture on Indian Lands | Services to Indian Children, Elderly and Families |  Site Style by YAML | Grants.gov | Grants | Grants News | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Edited by: Michael Saunders

© 2004-2024 Copyright Michael Saunders