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NW Fishletter #376 December 4, 2017

[3] Idaho Power Files Incomplete Water Quality Application With FERC

Idaho Power Company filed a large part of its application for water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex [FERC P-1971] hydroelectric project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nov. 28.

The application is complete save for four sections related to temperature, dissolved gas and other data related to fish passage conditions.

Idaho Power Company had previously filed a concurrent withdrawal and resubmission of its application on April 14.

Both the Idaho and Oregon departments of water quality requested additional analysis of 2015 and 2016 temperature and dissolved oxygen data by the utility for Clean Water Act Section 401 certification. This plus "ongoing discussions between Governors [Butch] Otter and [Kate] Brown regarding fish passage" prompted the withdrawal and resubmission.

Letters from both departments state they expect the missing sections to be submitted within 90 days of the Nov. 22 request from the utility, which would be Feb. 20, 2018. In the filing, Brett Dumas, director of environmental affairs for Idaho Power Company, said the utility intends to meet that deadline.

NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service were also notified, according to correspondence from Idaho Power Company filed with FERC.

The Hells Canyon hydroelectric facility is located in the Snake River Basin of Oregon and Idaho. Its three dams supply about 70 percent of Idaho Power's annual hydroelectric generation and 30 percent of its total generation. -Linda Dailey Paulson

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