RAPID/Hydropower/Washington/Pre-Existing Land Use

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Washington Hydropower Pre-Existing Land Use Assessment(13-WA)

In Washington, a hydropower developer must consider the location and land use designations on certain land before constructing a hydroelectric project. A developer may need to obtain a Coastal Zone Certificate of Consistency from the Washington Department of Ecology to ensure compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act and Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program. A developer may also need to a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit, a Shoreline Variance, or a Shoreline Exemption for projects that interfere with State shorelands or are located near marine waters, streams, lakes, wetlands or floodplains.

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