Harrington Park, New Jersey (July 18, 2016) – LIHI Executive Director Michael J. Sale, using authority delegated from the LIHI Governing Board, has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Jackson Mills Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-7590) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria.  This Preliminary Certification Decision includes two facility-specific conditions, as follows:

  • Condition 1.  The Owner shall complete the water quality sampling at the facility that is being conducted in concert with NHDES. All results from this monitoring program should be forwarded to the LIHI upon its completion no later 120 days after LIHI certification. The owner shall also send LIHI documentation of NHDES’ interpretation of the results.  If the water quality results continue to indicate, as they did in 2010, that operation and maintenance of the Project is not a contributing cause to any violations of any applicable water standards, this condition is satisfied. If water quality issues are discovered, the Owner shall provide LIHI with a resolution plan reviewed and approved by the USFWS and the NHDES.
  • Condition 2.  The Owner has been proactively working with the USFWS and NHDFG in meeting their upstream and downstream fish passage concerns. Site visits, meetings and agreements with State agencies have occurred in recent months.  The owner shall continue these agency interactions and, no later than 45 days after LIHI certification, send LIHI documentation verifying FERC’s approval of actions taken since February of 2016.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition, the Preliminary Certification Decision to certify, 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 ends on August 19, 2016.  The appeal request must state specific reasons why the hydropower facility should have failed one or more criteria.  If an individual or organization did not comment on the initial Application Package, they may not 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 Jackson Mills Project is January 31, 2015 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on January 31, 2020.