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Mystic Lake Hydroelectric Project- FERC Relicensing and License Compliance

Near Fishtail, Montana

Mystic Lake Dam is a 10.5-MW hydroelectric project located in the Absoraka-Beartooth Mountains near Fishtail, Montana. The dam began operation in 1925 and the Project area occupies approximately 674 acres of federal lands in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest located on West Rosebud Creek and is surrounded by USFS lands. New Wave’s staff participated in the Mystic Lake relicensing process and assisted in the preparation of compliance documents, including the pre-application document (PAD), scoping documents, study plans, and the final license application (FLA). Mystic Lake Dam was issued the first license in the nation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) using the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) and was recognized for the quality and thoroughness of the application. New Wave continues to provide regulatory compliance oversight and implementation support for the current 40-year FERC license for Mystic Lake Dam. New Wave is responsible for compliance with the following environmental components of the facility’s FERC license.
  • Analyze fisheries data and prepare the Annual Fisheries Monitoring Report
  • Participation in annual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meetings
  • Analyze and summarize long-term (10 years) of water quality data
  • Implement the wildlife management plan
  • Complete annual bald eagle monitoring and Harlequin duck surveys and reporting requirements
  • Develop and implement the weed management program
  • FERC Integrated Licensing Process
  • FERC License Compliance
  • Coordination with Federal and State Agencies
  • GIS Data Collection and Data Analysis
  • Fisheries Plan and Annual Reporting
  • Water Quality Monitoring Plan and Reporting
  • Recreation Resources
  • Harlequin Duck Survey
  • Bald Eagle Monitoring
  • Riparian and Weed Inventories
  • Weed Control Plan
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