Harrington Park, New Jersey (April 6, 2016) –  The Low Impact Hydropower Institute announces a preliminary certification decision that the that the West Dudley Hydroelectric Project satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria.  This Preliminary Certification Decision includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:

Condition No. 1. 

The Owner shall continue to provide interim safe, timely, and effective downstream passage for American eel on an annual basis during the period August 15 through November 15.  The Owner shall cease generating from dusk to dawn during that period whenever either of the following occurs: 1) a rain event of 0.25 inch or more in a 24-hour period, or 2) a 50% increase in flow over the previous three-day average flow (e.g., if a substantial water release occurs from an upstream reservoir). The generation shutdowns shall continue for 72 hours (i.e., three nights).

The Owner shall keep a log during this period, showing hourly precipitation and generation information, and provide it to LIHI, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife by December 31 annually until permanent measures are in place.

In the event that either the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife determine that the above-described interim downstream passage measure is not providing safe, timely and effective passage for out-migrating eels, the Owner shall implement other reasonable interim measures as requested by these agencies.  The Owner may also propose alternative eel passage measures for consideration if such measures have a strong technical and scientific basis.  During the term of this certification, should a resource agency request implementation of permanent downstream passage or upstream passage at the Facility, the Owner shall notify LIHI within 14 days of that request and provide LIHI with a copy of the request and the Owner’s response.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition Handbook, 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 is effective on April 6, 2016, and 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 beginning on April 6, 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 West Dudley is April 7, 2015 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on April 7, 2020.

The West Dudley project page, which provides all application materials and the Reviewer Report can be found HERE.