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Federal Agencies:

Bonneville Power Administration
BPA wholesales federally generated electric power, the majority of which comes from hydropower, in the Northwest. Responsibilities also include development of conservation resources and improvement of fish and wildlife resources in the region.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy. Part of its charter is to licenses and inspect private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects.

Tenessee Valley Authority
TVA achieves excellence in public service for the good of the people of the Tennessee Valley by supporting sustainable economic development, supplying affordable, reliable power, and managing a thriving river system.

US Army Corps of Engineers, Hydroelectric Design Center
The Hydroelectric Design Center exists to serve the Corps' District Offices in executing their hydroelectric and pumping plant missions.

US Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops, and protects water and related resources for the United States government. This page provides information on Hydropower and Power Facilities that are part of the Bureau's activities.

US Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Hydropower Program develops, conducts, and coordinates research and development with industry and other Federal agencies to improve the technical, societal, and environmental benefits of hydropower.

US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
This office develops and deploys efficient and clean energy technologies to meet the nation's energy needs.

Associations and Groups

American Public Power Association
A service organization for the nation's more than 2000 community owned, locally controlled, not for profit electric utilities.

Edison Electric Institute
EEI's mission focuses on advocating public policy; expanding market opportunities; and providing strategic business information.

The Renewable Technology Options and Green Power Marketing program provides information on the status, performance, and cost of renewable generating technology.

Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE)
Provides current and balanced information about hydropower resources in the Northwest

National Hydropower Association
Dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry.

United States Society of Large Dams
A professional organization dedicated to advancing the technology of dams.

Water Wheel Factory
Shares knowledge and history of making water wheels and small turbines.


Center for Energy Workforce Development
CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs.

Nature of Water Power
An interdisciplinary, thematic science unit providing hands-on activities for grade 4-8 students to learn about hydropower and the environment.

Kids In The Creek
BPA program provides students with a simple method of assessing the long-term health of a stream by viewing and identifying the aquatic insects and observing the world they inhabit.

Project NEED
NEED's mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

Dr. E's Energy Lab
Student Activities from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Network.

EcoIQ provides diverse on-line resources regarding energy production and development activities that support a sustainable future.

Energy Information Administration
Energy Activities Kids Page.

EPA, Office of Water
Projects, art and experiments to involve kids and students with environmental protection.

National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation is a unique 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, and courses.

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Kids Corner
Materials to assist with teaching and learning about endangered species.

US Geological Survey: Water Science for Schools
Offers information on many aspects of water, including an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.

Master's In Data Science


Online Schools

International Hydro Resources

Canadian Hydropower Association
This national trade association is dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry.

Connecting Power
An information service that networks individuals and services within the hydropower industry.

Hydro Power News from HydroWorld.com
International magazine focused on providing a worldwide network for sharing practical, technical information and expertise on hydroelectric power and the safety of dams.

Hydro World RSS
PennWell Co. and HydroWorld offer a variety of RSS feeds with headlines, descriptions and links back to the Web site for the full story.

International Hydropower Association
The International Hydropower Association tackles social, environmental, technical, financial and strategic issues that restrict the use of hydropower resources.

International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)
A non-governmental organisation which provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering.

International Energy Agency, Hydropower
International coalition striving to provide balanced information regarding hydropower as an energy resource.

International Journal on Hydropower and Dams
Source of technical and business information for the hydroelectric and dam engineering professions.

International Small Hydro Atlas
International Development of Small Hydro

World Commission on Dams
International study team reviewed the development and effectiveness of large dams globally, and possible alternatives.