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Hydropower Regulatory Flowchart Library

The RAPID Toolkit’s regulatory roadmap flowchart library details the major requirements—in topics such as siting, land access, exploration, grid connection, water access and rights, and environmental considerations—for developing renewable energy and hydropower projects in the U.S.

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To get started, first become familiar with the flowchart contents and presentation by reviewing the Navigating the Regulatory Roadmap presentation. Once you’re comfortable with the flowchart structure, review the overview below to understand the overall regulatory process for hydropower:

To find detailed flowcharts for hydropower topics, explore the regulatory flowchart library by using the search options below.

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  • BLM
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  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
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  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • California State Lands Commission
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
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  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Indiana Department of Administration
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Indiana Natural Resources Commission
  • Indiana Department of Transportation
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  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • New York State Office of General Services
  • New York State Thruway Authority
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Office of Coastal Management
  • Ohio Office of Real Estate
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Ohio Office of Real Estate
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Office of Coastal Management
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont Right of Way and Utilities Unit
  • Vermont Highway Division
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington State Parks
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington State Parks
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • Alaska Division of Measurement Standards & Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • California Department of Transportation
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection DEP
  • Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • West Virginia Environmental Quality Board
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Division of Safety of Dams
  • California Energy Commission
  • Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • United States Forest Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • FERC Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance
  • New York Department of Public Service
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Department of Public Service
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Vermont Department of Public Service
  • Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
  • Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • California Independent System Operator
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • New York Independent System Operator
  • New York State Public Service Commission
  • New York State Department of Public Service
  • New York Independent System Operator
  • Ohio Power Siting Board
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio Public Utilities Commission
  • Ohio Power Siting Board
  • Vermont Public Service Board
  • Vermont Department of Public Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • BLM
  • USFS
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • Native American Heritage Commission
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Native American Heritage Commission
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • United States Department of Interior
  • Department of Energy
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Forest Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Department of Interior
  • National Park Service
  • United States Department of Interior
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Department of Defense
  • National Park Service
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • United States Department of Interior
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • Alaska Division of Public Health
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • California State Historic Preservation Office
  • Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Division of Habitat
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Division of Habitat
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Division of Habitat
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • United States Coast Guard
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • California Coastal Commission
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Coastal Commission
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Interior
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • United States Department of Defense
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Department of Defense
  • New York Department of State
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York Department of State
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Office of Coastal Management
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • EPA
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Water Permits Division
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection DEP
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Tennessee Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Air Resources Board
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • United States Forest Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Park Service
  • United States Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety
  • California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Waste Management and Prevention Division
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Division of Water Rights
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Ground Water Commission
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Ground Water Commission
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Ground Water Commission
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Ground Water Commission
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Vermont Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
  • Vermont Watershed Management Division
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission