Harrington Park, New Jersey (January 24, 2017) – On January 19, 2017 LIHI Executive Director, Shannon Ames, using authority delegated from the LIHI Governing Board, issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Chester Diversion Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-11879) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria.  The Chester Diversion project also qualifies for one PLUS standard due to its endangered species management efforts, earning an additional three years on the certification term. The certification includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:

  • Condition 1.  the facility owner shall adhere to the timelines, monitoring, and study scopes for all aspects within the Trout Monitoring Plan related to restoration of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In its annual compliance statement to LIHI, the facility owner shall summarize prior years’ progress with regard to the plan.  If any changes are made in that plan, LIHI shall be notified within 30 days of the finalization of such changes.

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 January 24 and ends on February 24, 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 Chester Diversion Project is October 17, 2016 for an eight (8) year term, which will expire on October 17, 2024.