Augusta Canal Hydropower Project Licensing

Savannah River

The City of Augusta filed for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license to continue operations of the Augusta Canal Hydropower Project, which supplies power and water for municipal, recreational, and private use.

Cardno completed a wide range of supporting technical resource studies, including the Savannah River Instream Flow Study, fish passage evaluations and conceptual design, hydrologic analysis, water quality monitoring, and a recreational boating assessment among others.

We prepared the FERC application’s environmental portions and supported the City’s efforts with technical expertise, strategic advice and strong agency relationships to meet local, state and federal requirements including the Endangered Species Act, Federal Power Act Section 18 and the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification.

Cardno provided a Canal Operating Plan to assess the efforts of alternative flow management regimes and releases from the upstream Thurmond Dam, plans to support the city’s municipal water needs as well as those needed to maintain and enhance fish habitat, populations and passage in the Savannah River.

We also addressed historic properties and historic preservation needs in accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office.