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Minnesota Hydropower Environmental Review(9-MN)

In Minnesota, state agencies may need to conduct environmental reviews of a proposed hydropower project, as required by the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.

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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.

Permitting at a Glance

Environmental Review Process: In Minnesota, a hydropower developer must comply with the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).
Environmental Review Process Agency: Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Environmental Review Threshold: Unless otherwise exempt any governmental unit action or project must comply with MEPA. Minn. Stat. § 116D.04.
Applicable MOU with FERC: No.

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Edit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Regional Office Hydropower Contacts


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Edit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Section 404 Regulatory Contacts


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Edit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Section 408 Regulatory Contacts


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Edit Bureau of Reclamation
Hydropower Program: Power Resources Office Directory


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Edit BLM
Resource Advisory Councils


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Edit BLM
Division of Lands, Realty, and Cadastral Survey Directory
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Edit USFS
Forest Service Organizational Directory


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