Harrington Park, New Jersey (March 13, 2017) – The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Putnam Hydroelectric project. The application materials can be found HERE.

The Putnam Hydropower Project is a small facility located on the Quinebaug River in the northeastern corner of Connecticut.  The drainage area of the Quinebaug River at Putnam (as measured at a USGS gage about 1.5 miles below the Putnam Project) is 328 square miles.  The Project has a 1.5 acre reservoir, and a pre-Civil War cut stone dam measuring 145 feet in length and 14 feet in height.  It is operated in run-of-river mode.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Putnam 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 “Putnam 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 May 12, 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.