Harrington Park, New Jersey (November 18, 2016) – The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Black Bear Lake Hydroelectric project. The application materials can be found HERE.

The Black Bear Lake Hydroelectric Project is a 4.5 MW hydroelectric project at Black Bear Lake on Prince of Wales Island, located at Sections 1 and 12; T73S, R82E, CRM, approximately 15 miles NE of Klawock. The lake’s spill elevation is 1687 feet msl, with a surface size of 215 acres. With the licensed 15 foot drawdown, the lake provides approximately 3200 acre-feet of storage.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Black Bear Lake project meets the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria, as revised in the 2nd Edition Handbook released in March 2016.  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 “Black Bear Lake 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 January 17, 2017 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.

The Black Bear Lake comment period has been extended to January 19, 2017.