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West Virginia Hydropower Water Quality Assessment(14-WV)

In West Virginia, a hydropower developer may need a Section 401 Water Quality Certification from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection 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. W.V. Code of State Rules § 47-5A;W.V. Code of State Rules §§ 47-2.
401 Certification Agency: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection