Hydroelectric Licensing and Compliance

Our integrated approach to hydroelectric project work emphasizes
consensus-based decision-making among stakeholders.

Stillwater Sciences has built a strong reputation for providing sound and strategic scientific support for our clients’ licensing, relicensing, and compliance efforts. We integrate the broad range of technical issues to evaluate project effects on physical processes and aquatic and terrestrial communities in support of developing management alternatives that reduce impacts in the most cost-effective manner.  We strongly believe that presenting defensible scientific results helps stakeholders and regulators focus on resource management issues, rather than on positional bargaining or speculation about project impacts or the hypothetical value of different PM&E measures.  We have used this approach successfully in traditional, alternative, and integrated licensing processes, while recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of each to provide the best service to our clients.

Hydroelectric Relicensing Studies and Support

  • FERC licensing/relicensing study plan development and implementation
  • FERC license application preparation
  • First Stage Consultation Documents (FSCD) or Initial Consultation Packages (ICP)
  • Initial Information Packages (IIP)
  • Settlement agreement preparation
  • Exhibit E preparation
  • Technical support for agency negotiations
  • FERC license compliance and implementation
  • Instream flow studies
  • Fish and aquatic resource studies
  • Water temperature and water quality modeling and assessment
  • Terrestrial plants and wildlife studies
  • Sediment budgets and sediment transport modeling
  • Watershed analysis

Hydroelectric Compliance Monitoring and Support

  • Monitoring plan development and implementation (fisheries, wildlife, botanical, geomorphic)
  • Analysis and Reporting
  • Adaptive management
  • Regulatory compliance support
  • Technical support for agency negotiations