March 30, 2017: On February 6, 2017, LIHI Executive Director Shannon Ames announced a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Dog River Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-6757) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. The Dog River certification includes the following conditions:
Condition 1. During the term of LIHI certification, a minimum flow of 20 cfs, or inflow if less, shall be maintained in the bypass reach at all times, as such flows formed the basis of VT DEC’s position that healthy flows for fish, wildlife and water quality are being released. Deviations from this flow requirement shall be reported to VT DEC and summarized annually in the annual compliance letter to LIHI. If deviations occur, the owner shall explain the causes, the frequency and magnitude of them, the resulting environmental effects, and plans to avoid these deviations in the future.
Condition 2. By no later than October 31, 2017, the Owner shall supply operating records related to downstream flows from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC). The parties shall evaluate operations to ensure run-of river operations are reliably maintained. By December 31, 2017, the Owner shall report to LIHI on the findings made by VT DEC relative to this data, along with any facility changes that may be found necessary to ensure continuing compliance.
As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition Handbook, notice of the preliminary decision to certify was posted on the Institute’s website and sent to the stakeholder email distribution list on February 7, 2017. A 30-day period was provided to anyone who commented on the original application to request an appeal, and no requests for appeal were received.
The Dog River Project is now deemed certified by LIHI for a five (5) year term. The effective certification date for the Dog River Project is October 14, 2016, expiring on October 14, 2021.