The Habitat Program Major Projects staff provide energy development technical assistance and hydraulic project approval (HPA) assistance, as needed, to project owners on existing and proposed energy projects (hydroelectric, wind, wave, tidal, natural gas, and nuclear) throughout Washington. Staff engage in project planning, mitigation and settlement negotiations, permitting assistance (HPA), and project permit and license implementation throughout Washington. Work is accomplished through the regulatory framework of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Federal Clean Water Act, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and other regulatory processes.
The primary goals of the Major Projects staff are to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and habitat resources and develop mitigation for energy development and operations impacts. This goal is achieved through a collaborative process involving the project proponent, state, federal and tribal agencies, and species experts in DFW with disciplines specific to natural resources in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.