RAPID/Hydropower/Washington/Pre-Existing Land Use
Washington Hydropower Pre-Existing Land Use Assessment(13-WA)
In Washington, a hydropower developer must consider the location and land use designations on certain land before constructing a hydroelectric project. A developer may need to obtain a Coastal Zone Certificate of Consistency from the Washington Department of Ecology to ensure compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act and Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program. A developer may also need to a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit, a Shoreline Variance, or a Shoreline Exemption for projects that interfere with State shorelands or are located near marine waters, streams, lakes, wetlands or floodplains.
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.