Case Study: One State's Response to FERC's Requirement for 401 Water Quality Certification
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
The 401 water quality certification process, which provides for state review of the water quality aspects of a hydropower licensing proposal, is open to abuse by state personnel philosophically opposed to renewable resources. This paper outlines one state's response to the 401 process, originally promulgated to insure that potential impacts to water quality are acknowledged and mitigated.