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Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit

Alaska Hydropower Water Quality Assessment(14-AK)

Currently, the RAPID Toolkit does not have state specific content regarding this state’s rules and regulations for hydroelectric power development.

More Information

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.

Permitting at a Glance

Alaska Federal

401 Water Quality Certification Process (401 Certification): The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) reviews and issues 401 Water Quality Certifications (WQC). The ADEC reviews hydropower projects filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in accordance with 18 AAC 15.180 and may issue a 401 WQC or waiver. [1]
401 Certification Regulatory Agency: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
401 Certification Threshold: Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.) requires developers, subject to a federal license or permit (e.g., Clean Water Act Section 404 permit, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license, etc.), to obtain a WQC if the project may result in any discharge into navigable waters of the United States.

Contact Information

Edit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Section 404 Regulatory Contacts

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Edit Bureau of Reclamation
Hydropower Program: Power Resources Office Directory

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Edit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Regional Office Hydropower Contacts

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 18 AAC 15.180

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