On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the President signed into law H.R. 3080, known as the Water Resources Reform and Development Act ("WRRDA"). WRRDA includes several provisions intended to expedite the development of non-federal hydropower projects at facilities operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. It specifically declares that the permitting of such projects by the Corps be completed in a timely manner. It also requires the Corps to submit a report to Congress detailing its efforts to encourage the development of non-federal hydropower projects at Corps facilities and its progress in reviewing and approving applications to develop such projects. The passage of WRRDA may accelerate a Corps approval process that many within the hydropower community have found to be protracted and problematic.

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