Guidance Documents

American Rivers and the Hydropower Reform Coalition are proud to present the Practitioner’s Guide to Hydropower Dam Removal. This is a comprehensive guide for dam owners and practitioners on removing hydropower dams regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Removing dams is a common practice and a good option for dam owners or licensees who determine that the expense of ownership is too great relative to the benefits provided by their dams. While most hydropower dams continue to serve an important purpose by generating power, many – both publicly and privately owned – have reached the end of their useful life. Those dams can pose public safety risks, impact fish and other aquatic life, and become costly liabilities to their owners. Many are not profitable or require costly repairs and upgrades that push dam owners and licensees to consider removal.

The Conservation Strategic Plan is updated every five years and is used as a guidance document for the ACFHP Steering Committee, the Partnership-At-Large, state and federal agencies, and restoration practitioners. The Plan is designed to address goals, objectives, and strategies that the Partnership will focus on to improve the condition of Atlantic coastal fish habitat.

The Action Plan is a subset of the 2022 – 2026 Conservation Strategic Plan. It contains a set of objectives, strategies, and related actions that can be accomplished over the course of a two-year period.

The previous Action Plan (2020 – 2021) can be found here.

The ACFHP Business Plan describes the Partnership’s mission, objectives, and past accomplishments, as well as how we can work with donors to achieve their conservation goals. It details our structure, governance, and financial management capacity, and encourages potential donors to partner with ACFHP to improve fish habitat conservation along the Atlantic coast.

This report summarizes the focus and priorities of restoration practitioners along the Atlantic coast. The results are from a survey conducted in 2014 and they help ACFHP better understand our priorities and ways to focus our efforts on a regional or coastal scale.