The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project (Middle Fork Project) in Placer and El Dorado counties, operated by Placer County Water Agency (PCWA). This order effectively waives California’s authority to ensure water quality and environmental protections for hydropower operations. Conservationists decried the loss of protection for local rivers and claim the precedent will limit the authority of states to implement and enforce the Clean Water Act nati
The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC) has submitted extensive comments in opposition to the Trump Administration’s attack on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
The California State Water Board issued a draft water quality certification (401 certification) earlier this week that requires the operator of DeSabla-Centreville hydroelectric project to adopt measures to improve water quality and quantity in the Butte Creek. The draft 401 was prepared as part of the relicensing of the projects owned by PG&E.
Part I: "documents the development of early American water law and traces the increase of public interest in the river resource"; Part II: "illustrates the environmental impacts of hydroelectric power and discusses how the Supreme Court's 1946 decision allowed the federal government unrestricted authority to license hydropower development;" Part III: "analyzes the Supreme Court's recent determination that state water quality certificates must be incorporated into federal licenses