St. Clair River underwater turbine project faces hurdles

By on April 16, 2012

A project to test underwater power-generating turbines in the St. Clair River that won initial approval from a federal energy agency two years ago still faces regulatory hurdles before the turbines can go in the water, according to a report from the Detroit News.

The project has approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but still needs approval from state and local agencies, including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has concerns with the project’s potential impact on the river’s fish populations, which include threatened lake sturgeon and commercial walleye stocks.

Read more at The Detroit News.

Image credit: USGS.

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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