Shoreline Management Plans

Shoreline Management Plans 

Hydroelectric owners have a responsibility to ensure that shoreline development activities that occur within project boundaries are consistent with project license requirements, purposes, and operations. As development and multiple uses of the shoreline continue to grow, licensees face more and more challenges related to the effects of such development on project lands and waters, including public recreational use and environmental resources.

A comprehensive plan, such as a shoreline management plan (SMP), can assist the licensee in meeting its responsibilities throughout the term of its license. A SMP is a comprehensive plan to manage the multiple resources and uses of the project's shorelines in a manner that is consistent with license requirements and project purposes, and addresses the needs of the public. The FERC expects all licensees developing comprehensive plans to involve the public and allow for agency consultation, review, and comment. Striking a balance that supports local economic interests, protects environmental resources, and allows the public to enjoy those resources is vital for the long-term success of an SMP.

 

 

 

 

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