The Mongaup River hydroelectric facilities operate under three licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): Swinging Bridge is Project No. 10482; Mongaup Falls is Project No. 10481, and Rio is Project No. 9690. Eagle Creek Hydro Power, LLC, Eagle Creek Land Resources, LLC, and Eagle Creek Water Resources, LLC (all subsidiaries of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, and jointly referred to as the "licensee") are the joint holders of all three licenses. The facilities' current licenses were issued in 1992 and expire in 2022. The licensee is seeking to relicense all three projects concurrently using the Integrated Licensing Process.
On September 12, 2017, as part of Scoping Document 2, the FERC issued a revised schedule for the Integrated Licensing Process for the Mongaup River facilities. That schedule is available here:
The next upcoming milestone dates are as follows:
|Responsible Party||Pre-Filing Milestone||Date||FERC Regulation|
|All Stakeholders||File Disagreements/Requests to Amend Study Plan||April 10, 2019||5.15(c)(4)|
|All Stakeholders||File Responses to Disagreements/Amendment Requests||May 10, 2019||5.15(c)(5)|
|FERC||Issue Director's Determination on Disagreements/Amendments||June 9, 2019||5.15(c)(6)|
|Licensee||Second Study Season||2019||5.15(a)|
|Licensee||File Updated Study Report||February 9, 2020||5.15(f)|
Studies in Support of Relicensing
On January 10, 2018, the Licensee developed and filed a Revised Study Plan ("RSP") (available in the Documents section below). Stakeholders filed comments with the FERC regarding the RSP, and on February 9, 2018, the FERC issued its Study Plan Determination, approving the Licensee's RSP with modifications. The Licensee conducted studies during the remainder of 2018. The licensee filed an Initial Study Report ("ISR") with the FERC on February 8, 2019 and held a meeting with stakeholders on February 13 and 14, 2019 to review the ISR. The ISR and ISR meeting summary are available under Documents below.
One study, the Whitewater Boating Assessment Study, required stakeholder review of the draft report prior to filing of the Initial Study Report. On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the licensees provided that draft report to stakeholders. After receiving comments, the licensee filed a final Whitewater Boating Assessment Study report on March 11, 2019. The draft and final reports are available under Documents below.
Second Study Season
Certain studies were not able to be completed before the ISR filing deadline of February 9, 2019: the Aquatic Habitat Assessment Study; the Recreation Facility Inventory, Recreation Use and Needs Assessment, and Reservoir Surface Area Assessment Study; and the Bald Eagle Survey Study. Those studies are continuing into 2019. In addition, stakeholders may file disagreements with the ISR and/or requests to modify the Study Plan as long as such filings are made by April 10, 2019. If any such requests are made, the FERC will make a determination by June 9, 2018 as to whether study modifications are required, and any additional studies will be carried out in 2019. The licensee will file an Updated Study Report ("USR") by February 9, 2020.
All filings related to the relicensing process are available from the FERC's eLibrary website: elibrary.ferc.gov. Search for filings by project number: P-10482 for Swinging Bridge; P-10481 for Mongaup Falls; and P-9690 for Rio. Filings related to all three projects will show up under any of the above searches.
The licensee is making available its major document submissions and major FERC orders on this website:
Current Documents for Stakeholder Review
Initial Study Report filed February 8, 2019:
- ISR Transmittal Letter(12 pages; 237 kB)
- ISR Introduction and Appendices A through G (574 pages; 34.2 MB)
- ISR Appendices H and I (796 pages; 31.9 MB)
- ISR Appendix J, Part 1 of 2 (572 pages; 38.0 MB)
- ISR Appendix J, Part 2 of 2 (601 pages; 42.5 MB)
- ISR Appendices L and N (64 pages; 11.3 MB)
- ISR Appendix O (308 pages; 36.3 MB)
- ISR Appendix P (63 pages; 15.0 MB)
Initial Study Report Meeting on February 13-14, 2019:
- Initial Study Report Meeting Agenda (1 page; 450 kB)
- Initial Study Report Meeting Summary (379 pages; 27.0 MB)
Final Whitewater Boating Assessment Study Report filed March 11, 2019:
- Final Whitewater Boating Assessment Study Report (826 pages; 36.6 MB)
Past Submissions and Orders
Initial submissions on March 30, 2017:
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to file for re-licensing for Swinging Bridge P-10482
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to file for re-licensing for Mongaup Falls P-10481
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to file for re-licensing for Rio P-9690
- A Pre-Application Document (PAD) Volume I relating to all three projects
At the same time, the Licensee also filed with FERC drawings classified as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) by FERC, as well as financial information considered Privileged. These were filed as Volumes II and III of the PAD and are not available for public distribution.
Clarification submitted on March 31, 2017:
Proposed Study Plan submitted on September 12, 2017:
- Proposed Study Plan
- Proposed Study Plan, Appendices Part 1 of 2
- Proposed Study Plan, Appendices Part 2 of 2
Proposed Study Plan Meeting on October 4, 2017:
Additional Information Provided December 1, 2017:
Revised Study Plan submitted on January 10, 2018:
- Revised Study Plan
- Revised Study Plan, Appendices A - D
- Revised Study Plan, Appendix E Part 1 of 4
- Revised Study Plan, Appendix E Part 2 of 4
- Revised Study Plan, Appendix E Part 3 of 4
- Revised Study Plan, Appendix E Part 4 of 4
Letter Regarding Schedules for Studies and Proposed Construction of Unit 3, January 29, 2018:
FERC Study Plan Determination Order issued February 9, 2018:
Draft Whitewater Boating Assessment Study Report issued to stakeholders January 15, 2019:
The Licensee will provide hard copies of any of the above public documents upon request. A reproduction cost fee of $0.25/page will apply to such requests. Please use the link below to download a request form and mail the completed form, along with a check for the reproduction cost fee, to Eagle Creek to request a hard copy of any document.
Contact and Communications
If you have questions about the relicensing process, please contact Jim Gibson at HDR, Inc., which is providing support to Eagle Creek during the relicensing process. His contact information is:
The licensee will be using email and electronic communications throughout this relicensing process. If you would like to request to join our relicensing email list, please provide your email address using the link below.