Aquatic Resources


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 Background

 
A Section 401 water quality certification was granted to Energy Northwest for the Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project on July 24, 2009; issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Washington State Department of Ecology found reasonable assurance that implementation of the compliance schedule and adaptive management strategy contained in the proposed operating license would result in the attainment and compliance with state and federal water quality standards and other appropriate requirements of state law provided the stated conditions will be met. Energy Northwest requested a 401 certification for the Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project from the Washington State Department of Ecology on August 8, 2008, pursuant to the provisions of 33 United States Code §1341 (401 of the Clean Water Act) as it was required as part of Energy Northwest’s license application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric-National Marine Fisheries Service submitted their Biological Opinion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 8, 2018 as it was required as part of Energy Northwest’s license application.

Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project staff collaborate on the implementation of the certification with representatives of federal, state, and local resource agencies. The Project’s Resource Agencies Committee (RAC) includes but is not limited to the United States Department of Agriculture -  Forest Service (USFS), Cowlitz Indian Tribe (CIT), Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC), National Park Service (NPS), United States Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), United States Department of Defense – Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), United States Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE), Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Yakama Nation (YN), consulting biologists, and EN subject matter experts.​
 

 Supporting Documents

 
Audrey Desserault
(509) 377-8468
ajdesserault@energy-northwest.com

Ken Williams
(509) 377-8486
kvwilliams@energy-northwest.com​​