Hydroelectric Project Licensing and Compliance

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


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


Christine Champe
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Scott Wilcox
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Scientific Approaches for Evaluating Hydroelectric Project Effects

Stillwater developed a widely-used comprehensive framework for evaluating potential project effects appropriate for all stakeholders.

Settlement agreement reached for EWEB's Carmen-Smith Project

With innovative studies and analyses guided by sound science and a strong respect from stakeholders, Stillwater assisted Eugene Water and Electric Board in successfully reaching a settlement agreement among stakeholders for the relicensing of their Carmen-Smith Project.