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Washington Hydropower Biological Resource Assessment(12-WA)

In Washington, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife may conduct a biological resource assessment of the proposed hydropower project and issue, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, either mandatory terms and conditions or a defensible set of recommendations designed to protect, mitigate damage to, and enhance fish and wildlife resources. Hydropower projects on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nonpower dams or conduits are not eligible for a FERC exemption and therefore are not subject to mandatory terms and conditions pursuant to section 30(c) of the Federal Power Act but Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife may issue section 10(j) license recommendations. A developer should consider the project’s impact on flora and fauna and comply with federal and state biological resource law.

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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.

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