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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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Permitting at a Glance

401 Water Quality Certification Process (401 Certification): The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reviews and issues site specific 401 Water Quality Certifications. Under Process 401(a)(1) of the CWA (33 U.S.C. § 1341), states have the authority to review and approve, condition, waive, or deny a 401 WQC .
401 Certification Regulatory Agency: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
401 Certification Threshold: Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.) requires developers, subject to a federal license or permit (i.e., Clean Water Act Process 404 permit, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license, etc.) to obtain a 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) if the project may result in any discharge into navigable waters of the U.S.

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


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Edit Bureau of Reclamation
Hydropower Program: Power Resources Office Directory


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Edit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Regional Office Hydropower Contacts


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