Harrington Park, New Jersey (August 5, 2016) –  On July 6, 2016, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Culinary Water System Hydroelectric project.  The application materials can be found HERE.

The Culinary Water System project is located on Swift Creek in Afton, Wyoming. The project uses flows from the Periodic Springs, which supplies water for the Town of Afton’s municipal water system in accordance with a state water right that allows the Town of Afton to withdraw up to 13.58 cubic feet per second (cfs) for municipal use. The project diverts up to 12 cfs of the flow from the water supply system to use for power generation after which the Town returns the water to the water supply system for treatment and municipal consumption.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Culinary Water System project continues to meet the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s 2016 application materials posted on the project page.  Comments that are directly tied to specific LIHI criteria (flows, water quality, fish passage, etc.) will be most helpful, but all comments will be considered.  Comments may be submitted to the Institute by e-mail at comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Culinary Water System Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, PO Box 194, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640.  Comments must be received at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on October 7, 2016 to be considered.  All comments will be posted to the web site and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond.  Any response will also be posted.