FERC issues guidelines for historic properties plans in hydro licensing

May 28, 2002 — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have prepared guidelines to assist hydropower project licensees in preparing Historic Properties Management Plans (HPMP).

The guidelines, issued by FERC, are part of an ongoing effort to integrate and streamline the FERC licensing and the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 processes, and to minimize the time and cost associated with preparing these plans.

The guidelines are intended to help licensees in preparing a comprehensive HPMP to protect historic properties and integrating the plan with other management plans at the project, such as recreation plans, wildlife management plans or operating plans.

They should also eliminate the need to prepare additional information requests, reduce requests for revised plans from licensees, and reduce follow-up letters to the historic preservation council and state historic preservation officers regarding content and format of HPMPs.

To read the complete guidance in PDF format, visit FERC’s web site at

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