Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA)

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA)

The Wild and Scenic Rivers act was enacted by Congress in 1968 to serve as a counter to an era of dambuilding, protecting some of the Nation’s greatest remaining free-flowing rivers. Section 7 of the WSRA strictly prohibits FERC from authorizing the construction of...
Rivers and Harbors Act

Rivers and Harbors Act

This Act enacted in 1899 requires that authorization be obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the construction of any structure, such as dams, in or over any navigable water of the United States.
Coastal Zone Managemnt Act (CZMA)

Coastal Zone Managemnt Act (CZMA)

Section 307 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) requires licensees to obtain a valid certification approved by the State to assure that project construction and operation will be consistent with the State’s coastal zone management program. FERC may not...
Clean Water Act (CWA)

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) bars FERC from issuing a license for a hydropower project until the state or states where the project is located certify that the project will comply with applicable state water quality standards. These water quality...
Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created to prevent the extinction of plants and animals while helping to recover those species that have been listed as being threatened or endangered. As a federal agency, FERC must protect and contribute to the recovery of all...