On March 20 the House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation to encourage hydropower development at facilities of the Bureau of Reclamation. H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, would provide exemptions to certain conduit projects from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), cleared the committee by a 17-12 vote.