Roanoke River Basin Phase 1 Assessment
The purpose of the Phase 1 Scoping Assessment for the Roanoke River basin was to identify complementary hydropower-environmental opportunities. The BSOA National Steering Committee selected the Roanoke River basin for a Scoping Assessment because of USACE’s interest and the basin’s rich data sources and various possible hydropower and environmental opportunities. There are potential opportunities for improving efficiency at existing hydroelectric facilities in the basin, as well as possible new site development opportunities in the upper basin. Environmental opportunities include improving migratory fish species habitat, riparian function, and water quality. Furthermore, the USACE and TNC (BSOA National Steering Committee members) are collaborating in the Roanoke River basin under the Sustainable Rivers Initiative.