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Minnesota Hydropower Water Quality Assessment(14-MN)

In Minnesota, a hydropower developer may need a Section 401 Water Quality Certification from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed projects that may discharge dredged or fill material into a water of the United States, including wetlands.

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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. Minnesota – Minn. Stat. §§ 115.03 et seq., Powers and Duties.
401 Certification Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency