Hydro Power

Hydropower Environmental Management Services

Hydropower is a critical renewable energy source for today’s substantial energy consumption demands. However, hydropower development projects tend to occur in environments with significant environmental regulatory control and often significant public interest. Development and maintenance of hydropower facilities across the nation requires the ability to coordinate, communicate, and collaborate across multiple disciplines and interests.

Steigers Corporation has extensive experience in hydropower construction, maintenance, repair, regulatory compliance, and regulatory program management. Success for our clients is correlated to understanding the dynamic needs of complying with regulatory requirements, local considerations, and integrating the goals and objectives of our client. Steigers’ capabilities in this area have been demonstrated through repeated, successfully executed projects.

Experience and Skills

  • Consultation with Regulatory Agencies
  • Environmental & Biological Assessments
  • Environmental Planning
  • Federal, State, Tribal, & Local Regulatory Compliance
  • FERC Re-licensing, Compliance, Coordination
  • Monitoring Reports
  • Quality Control Inspection Program
  • Scoping & Development of Study Plans
  • Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure Plan
  • Storm Water/Groundwater Management
  • Terrestrial & Aquatic Studies
  • Threatened & Endangered Species
  • Vegetation & Wildlife Management Plans
  • Water Quality

Seasoned Understanding

Our staff has a seasoned understanding of the importance of regulatory compliance, scheduling, coordinating with stakeholders, exceptional communications, and delivery of a product on time. Technical staff are available to provide on-site and off-site assessments to address all of the various issues that may be part of a project. We offer an in-depth understanding of FERC compliance requirements, biological considerations, and the aquatic ecology requirements unique to hydropower – all founded in the context of the demands of construction and operations.

Hydropower in Practice

Steigers’ staff have worked on numerous hydropower projects from 100-year-old aging infrastructure to new construction. We have provided technical and management expertise for multi-year construction and maintenance projects, short-term repair projects, upstream fish passage efficiency evaluation and analysis, emergency permitting response, and license compliance management. Most projects demand an integrated approach and our team has the capabilities to address all of the various project needs and complexities associated with hydropower.

Recent projects include comprehensive environmental support for a $230M hydropower construction project.

  • Prepared and maintained all federal, state, and local permits, from design through construction.
  • FERC Article preparation and FERC compliance
  • Project liaison with federal, state, and local agencies
  • Biological data collection – aquatic and terrestrial
  • Prepared contractor environmental permits
  • Site-wide stormwater planning and management
  • Site restoration and revegetation planning, design, and oversight
  • Threatened and Endangered species management plans
  • Environmental compliance inspections and reporting
  • Developed an environmental compliance system

FERC Re-licensing, Compliance, and Coordination

  • Integrated License Process
  • FERC Article Preparation
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Federal, State, Tribal, & Local Regulatory Permitting & Compliance
  • Mitigation Plans
  • Quality Control Inspection Program
  • Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure
  • Health & Safety Plan
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Plans
  • Dredging Plans
  • Wildlife & Waterfowl Surveys
  • Vegetation & Riparian Surveys
  • Wetland Delineations
  • Fisheries Data Analysis & Reporting
  • Water Quality Monitoring & Reporting
  • Revegetation Planning, Contracting, & Monitoring
  • Coordinating Cultural & Recreation Resources
  • Water Rights
  • 4(e) Conditions
  • 401 Water Quality Certification

Fish Passage

  • Threatened & Endangered Species Biological Assessment
  • Project construction environmental permitting
  • Development & maintenance of management tools for fish & operations data
  • Fish passage annual reporting
  • 10-year evaluation planning to assess fish passage efficacy
  • Multi-agency committee coordination to develop annual studies, allocate funding, & implement study plans
  • Off-site mitigation planning & reporting