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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 certifications often contain conditions as a condition of certification, which FERC must include as license conditions.

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PUD No. 1 of Jefferson County v. Washington Dept. of Ecology

Issue. Did the Department properly condition the water quality certification for the project on the maintenance of minimum stream flows to protect salmon and steelhead runs?

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Hydropower Reform Coalition

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