California Hydropower Water Quality Assessment(14-CA)
In California, a hydropower developer may need a Section 401 Water Quality Certification or wavier from the California State Water Resources Control Board(SWRCB) for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed projects or projects that require a Clean Water Act 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discharge dredge or fill material into a water of the United States, including wetlands. California may also require a 401 Water Quality Certification or waiver for FERC exempted hydropower projects pursuant to the State’s 30(c) power under the Federal Power Act.
Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply
Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.
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Permitting at a Glance
|401 Water Quality Certification:||A project subject to federal license or permit (e.g., Clean Water Act 404 permit, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license, etc.), may need a 401 Water Quality Certification or waiver if the project may result in any discharge into navigable waters of the United States. 23 CCR 3855.|
|401 Certification Agency:||California State Water Resources Control Board|
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