Reauthorizing and Decommissioning Hydroelectric Projects

ORS 543A.075
Notice of intent to apply for reauthorization of right to use water for hydroelectric purposes


Each person operating an existing federally licensed project and intending to apply for reauthorization shall submit to the Water Resources Department a notice of intent to file an application for reauthorization of the water right for the project. If the person intends to seek reauthorization concurrently with federal relicensing, the notice of intent shall be submitted at the same time the person provides the information to the department under ORS 543A.071 (Water Resources Department notification to holder of hydroelectric license or water right for hydroelectric purposes) (3). The notice of intent shall include:


The name and post-office address of the applicant;


The federal project number;


The expiration date of the federal license and state water right for the project;


An unequivocal statement of the applicant’s intention to file an application for reauthorization of the state water right;


The location of the project by county and stream and, when appropriate, by city or nearby city;


The amount of water in cubic feet per second; and


The project capacity.


Upon receipt of a notice of intent under subsection (1) of this section, the department shall:


Convene the Hydroelectric Application Review Team for the project. The team shall consist of representatives of the Water Resources Department, the Department of Environmental Quality and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and may include a representative of any other agency that has regulatory or advisory responsibility for the project or a resource or hazard affected by the project.


Provide public notice of the receipt of the notice of intent. The public notice shall provide the date of the public scoping meeting to be conducted under ORS 543A.085 (Public scoping meeting) and include a description of the hydroelectric project, the location of the project, the expiration dates of the water right for the project and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the project, and information pertaining to how an interested person may obtain future notices about the application and participate in the reauthorization process.


Any person who is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to apply for a license for a federally licensed project may apply to reauthorize a water right for the project. The team shall process such applications under the standards and process set forth in ORS 543A.060 (Coordination of state and federal reauthorization processes) to 543A.300 (Decommissioning) for a federally licensed project. A nonowner applicant may obtain a water right with the priority date of the expiring water right only if the applicant submits a notice of intent within six months after the owner submits a preliminary application as described in ORS 543A.080 (Submission of preliminary application information), or within 30 days after June 30, 1997, whichever is later. [1997 c.449 §15; 1999 c.873 §16]


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