state water quality standards

FERC denies Idaho Power petition to override state supremacy over water

Source: Idaho Rivers United

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition today that would have overridden state ability to enforce water quality standards—a right that has been codified by the Supreme Court. The ruling was a win for IRU and other conservation groups that are seeking better water quality standards at three Idaho Power Co. dams on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.

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Good News for Butte Creek in California

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.

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Clean Water Act Section 401 Provides the Key to Stream Protection in Hydropower Licensing

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Vol. 2, No. 2, April 1991
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1991
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Although the FERC has tried repeatedly to restrict the states' authority under section 401, the states can prevent degradation of the quality and uses of waterways through the development and enforcement of strong water quality standards.

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Birnbaum, S. Elizabeth

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