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The Boardman Valley Preservation Society

Advocates for the scenic Boardman River as well as our hydroelectric dams, and beautiful ponds. Along with you, we endeavor to preserve and restore their economic, historic, and social value.

Our Mission Is To Do Good


U.S. on the Verge of a Small Hydro Boom
Few Americans understand the dynamics of the industry, which has given hydropower a “black eye,” says Doug Hall, Program Manager of the Idaho National Laboratory's Water Energy Program. Misperceptions about the country's portfolio of projects has also lead people to believe that hydro resources are all used up. That's far from the truth, he says. INL released a study in 2006 that identified 130,000 stream reaches around the country that are suitable for projects between 10 kilowatts (kW) and 30 MW (the study estimates those sites to hold around 100,000 MW of annual capacity). We have many opportunities to upgrade existing dams, put up new power houses at non-powered dams and build out the resources at other sites in a sustainable way. Then we have all these new technologies that are in the beginning stages like wave, tidal and in-stream hydrokinetics.

Community Hydroelectric Power
Hydroelectric power is simply electricity generated by the force of falling water. The term “community based” is to distinguish small local plants from the large regional hydroelectric projects. We view these plants as an asset to the community they serve, providing energy as well as local environmental, economic, and social benefits. Like wind and solar, hydroelectric power is a renewable energy source. Community Hydropower Consulting, LLC supports the environmentally responsible development of hydroelectric sites. We focus on developing existing water diversions and impoundments, including municipal water systems. From such sites, our clients harvest unused energy, with little or no environmental impact.

The new wave in energy
Community Hydro works with municipalities, schools, businesses and industry to install small, low-impact hydroelectric turbines at existing dams and damless diversion structures. We specialize in generating power from municipal water systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Our projects present minimal impacts to rivers, fish and wildlife. Our services include initial site assessments, feasibility studies, engineering, utility negotiations, federal and state permitting and financing options, including sales of renewable energy credits.

Hydropower Potential Bolstered by Small Hydro Projects
Edinburgh, Scotland [HydroWorld.com] The Scottish government reports that Scotland's hydropower potential is nearly double the amount previously estimated, with small hydro playing a key role in hydro development and job creation.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration: Hydropower Explained
Solar energy heats water on the surface, causing it to evaporate. This water vapor condenses into clouds and falls back onto the surface as precipitation. The water flows through rivers back into the oceans, where it can evaporate and begin the cycle over again. Source: National Energy Education Development Project (Public Domain) Image of how a hydropower plant works. The water flows from behind the dam through penstocks, turns the turbines, and causes the generators to generate electricity. The electricity is carried to users by a transmission line. Other water flows from behind the dam over spillways and into the river below. Hydropower Generates Electricity Hydropower is the renewable energy source that produces the most electricity in the United States. It accounted for 6% of total U.S. electricity generation and 67% of generation from renewables in 2008. Our Nation's first industrial use of hydropower to generate electricity occurred in 1880, when 16 brush-arc lamps were powered using a water turbine at the Wolverine Chair Factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Please support us with a contribution: The Boardman Valley Preservation Society, P.O. Box 11, Grawn, MI 49637