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Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit

California Hydropower Land Access(3-CA)

In California, a hydropower developer may need a State Land Right-of-Way from the California State Lands Commission, or other jurisdictional state agency, to access state lands. If the hydropower project will place an encroachment within, under or over a California highway right-of-way, the developer must also obtain a State Highway Encroachment Permit from the California Department of Transportation.

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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.

Contact Information

Edit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Regional Office Hydropower Contacts

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Division of Lands, Realty, and Cadastral Survey Directory

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Resource Advisory Councils

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Forest Service Organizational Directory

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Edit Bureau of Indian Affairs
General Contact

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Edit Bureau of Reclamation
Hydropower Program: Power Resources Office Directory

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Edit National Park Service
Hydropower Licensing Contacts

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