Hydropower Dam Relicensing
This project was part of a large FERC relicensing of an existing hydropower project, Smith Mountain Lake. Scientific, stakeholder, and regulatory support services were provided resulting in a successful license application and renewal.
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This project included field, analytical, and regulatory consulting services during the integrated licensing process for the Smith Mountain and Leesville Lake combined pump-storage projects license renewal.
- Watershed modeling system identified reservoir sediment sources and impacts on storage capacity
- Extensive survey and mapping of sedimentation and reconstruction of historic sedimentation rates.
- Rapid and comprehensive response to ILP reviews and challenges from numerous stakeholder and governmental bodies
- Extensive amounts of data needed over a short time frame.
- The Integrated Licensing Process involved a revised timeline and stakeholder challenges.
- Property rights and project scope created numerous contentious stakeholder issues.
- Communicate complex processes to non-specialist entities.
- Necessary to predict future system response to forcing factors.
- Expedited field data program supported other studies and rebutted appeals.
- Experience with the ILP allowed for rapid mobilization and adaptability.
- Coordination with regulatory officials resolved all issues.
- Interactive workshops and meetings educated stakeholders.
- Future sedimentation predicted for land cover and climatic scenarios.