EA has a reputation for providing technically excellent services to the hydropower industry. Since the 1980s, EA has supported more than 70 hydroelectric projects, providing our clients with a national perspective and a broad understanding of the issues facing the hydropower industry in today’s changing marketplace. Our strong in-house staff includes scientists, engineers, planners, and regulatory specialists, who have extensive experience with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hydropower licensing and compliance, and have been involved in FERC hydropower matters for the past 30 years. These professionals have significant technical expertise in a variety of resource areas and have conducted numerous environmental resource studies at hydropower facilities, including studies of water quality, instream flows, fish and aquatics, terrestrial resources, and recreational usage. EA staff members have experience using all three FERC licensing process options for hydropower projects and preparing FERC license applications and NEPA documents for hydropower projects, including scoping documents, EAs, and EISs. EA staff includes trained facilitators and public outreach specialists, who are experienced at leading collaborative licensing efforts and negotiating settlement agreements.

Our comprehensive environmental services include: FERC Licensing and License Amendments; Licensing Strategic Planning; Agency Consultation and Public Outreach; Meeting Facilitation and Settlement Negotiations; FERC License Implementation and Compliance; Section 401 Water Quality Certification; Section 404 and Section 408 Permits; FERC Preliminary Permits; NPDES Permitting; Other State and Local Permits; Water Quality and Water Supply Studies; Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM); Hydraulic Modeling; Mussels and Macroinvertebrates Surveys; Fish and Aquatics Surveys; Fish Passage and Diadromous Fish Studies; Wetlands and Terrestrial Resources Studies; Recreation and Land Use Planning and Studies; FERC Form 80; Shoreline Management Plans; Threatened and Endangered Species Studies; Habitat Restoration and Mitigation; Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization; Erosion and Sediment Control; Stormwater Management; Fishway Design; and Hydropower Feasibility Assessments.