GLEC provides specialized
compliance support to power
generating utilities and industrial
firms subject to federal and state
permitting and licensing requirements.
GLEC has a proven
track record of success helping
- Clean Water Act 316(b)/(a) Assessments
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
- State 401(a) Water Quality Certification Studies
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Permit Requirements
GLEC has helped power generating facilities throughout the Great
Lakes region successfully meet 316(b)/(a) compliance through studies
involving fish entrainment, impingement mortality, and turbine survival. These studies include the collection, identification and interpretation
of larval and adult fish data collected during facility operations.
Study results are combined with GLEC’s expertise in analysis and
communicating with regulatory authorities to further client attainment
of 316(b)/(a) regulatory approvals.
GLEC has almost twenty years of experience supporting hydropower
companies through successful FERC relicensing efforts. GLEC has
performed studies that support Exhibit E (Environmental Studies)
of FERC hydropower relicense applications. Studies have typically
included including environmental assessments of recreation, water
quality, sediment quality, wetlands, wildlife, endangered species, fish
entrainment, fisheries assessments and cultural and historical resources.
Section 401(a) of the Clean Water Act also requires that
hydropower licenses include state water quality certification. GLEC
staff have helped clients comply with 401(a) requirements through
solid research, effective communications, and extensive knowledge
of state water quality criteria standards.
Contact: Dennis McCauley, Principal Research Scientist
Click to Email 231-941-2230