Harrington Park, New Jersey (February 6, 2017) – On February 3, 2017 LIHI issued 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, the Preliminary Certification Decision, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, will be posted on the Institute’s Web page for 30 days.  Notice of the posting will be provided to all individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package.

Any Commenter may submit a letter to the Executive Director requesting an appeal within the 30-day period which begins on February 7, 2017 and ends on March 7, 2017.  The appeal request must state specific reasons why the hydropower facility should have failed one or more criteria.  Only individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package may file an appeal.  Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available at http://lowimpacthydro.org/certification-program-html/.

If no appeal is requested within the 30-day period, the Executive Director will issue LIHI Certification for the facility and post a notification of certification on the Institute’s website.  Once final, the effective certification date for the Dog River Project is October 14, 2016 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on October 14, 2021.