Coosa and Warrior Rivers Endangered Species Database

Project Name: Coosa and Warrior River Projects

Summary: Endangered species consultation and support

Client: Alabama Power Company

Project Location: Northeastern Alabama

Project Size: 2,300 miles of shoreline and

48,500 surface hectares of habitat

Services Provided:
•  Study Scoping and Plan
•  FERC Licensing
•  FERC Compliance Management and
•  Stakeholder Facilitation
•  Rare Threatened and Endangered
    Species Assessment
•  Habitat Management Planning

Project Timeframe:
1999 - 2007

Relationship with Client: Since 1999

Client Needs:
Alabama Power Company (APC) required assistance in relicensing of nine hydroelectric developments on the Coosa and Warrior rivers in Alabama with a cumulative capacity of 1,160 MW. The projects encompassed more than 2,300 miles of shoreline and 48,500 surface hectares of habitat. As a part of the relicensing, APC sought expertise in coordinating the interagency consultation for rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE) species associated with the projects pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
Kleinschmidt Solution:
Kleinschmidt staff aided APC with development of two Biological Assessments (BAs) summarizing potential Project impacts for the Coosa and the Warrior River Projects. These BAs were developed cooperatively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and included more than 30 federally listed and candidate species and 12 Critical Habitat Units. Our staff aided APC in the cooperative development of Biological Opinions for the Coosa and Warrior Projects with the USFWS, and lead the efforts to develop an Adaptive Management Plan for the Weiss Bypass which was used during relicensing as a guideline for evaluation of the new minimum flow and recovery of the aquatic community in the Weiss Bypass. Kleinschmidt staff also served as lead authors on a Wildlife Management Plan for the developments.
Client Benefits:
Cooperative development of these plans with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the USFWS ensured agency buy-in on the management plans, represented significant habitat enhancements for multiple RTE species, and ensured a positive Section 7 consultation outcome for APC regarding this species.