The Commission regulates over 1,700 non-federal dams in the US. FERC staff ensures compliance with the numerous terms and conditions contained in each of the licenses and exemptions issued.

Once a license or exemption is granted, Commission staff ensures that regulated entities remain in compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective licenses or exemptions to protect, mitigate and enhance beneficial public uses of hydropower projects.

Post-licensing, Commission staff is responsible for tracking and administrating license requirements, inspecting site conditions, investigating compliance issues, and assessing penalties. Other post-licensing filings that are processed by Commission staff include, but are not limited to:

The Commission ensures compliance with the project's requirements, FERC regulations, and the Federal Power Act. 

Other administrative activities include:

Fisheries: 

Recreation:

Outreach Workshops:

DHAC has held outreach workshops in the past on topics such as noxious weeds, fish passage, drought management, recreation, and shoreline management.   As additional understanding of certain topics is needed to improve compliance with license conditions, more workshops may be held in the future.

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This page was last updated on June 01, 2021