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New York Hydropower Water Quality Assessment(14-NY)

In New York, a hydropower developer may need a Section 401 Water Quality Certification and Stormwater Permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed projects that may discharge dredged or fill material into a water of the United States, including wetlands. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulates a Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs to implement watershed plans and projects that monitor water quality. New York may also require water quality compliance conditions for FERC exempted hydropower projects pursuant to the State’s 30(c) power under the Federal Power Act.

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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. [Need Cite].DEC also requires a 401 WQC for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exemptions. 6 CCR-NY §608.9 (a), Water Quality Certifications.
401 Certification Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation