Harrington Park, New Jersey (March 6, 2017) – On January 19, 2017 LIHI Executive Director, Shannon Ames announced a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Chester Diversion Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-11879) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria.  The Chester Diversion project also qualifies for one PLUS standard due to its endangered species management efforts, earning an additional three years on the certification term. The certification includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:

  • Condition 1.  the facility owner shall adhere to the timelines, monitoring, and study scopes for all aspects within the Trout Monitoring Plan related to restoration of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. In its annual compliance statement to LIHI, the facility owner shall summarize prior years’ progress with regard to the plan.  If any changes are made in that plan, LIHI shall be notified within 30 days of the finalization of such changes.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition Handbook, the Preliminary Certification Decision, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, was posted on the Institute’s Web page for 30 days and sent to the stakeholder email distribution list on January 24, 2017. A 30-day period was provided to anyone who commented on the original application to request an appeal, and no requests for appeal were received.

The Chester Diversion Project is now deemed certified by LIHI for an eight (8) year term. The effective certification date for the Chester Diversion Project is October 17, 2016, expiring on October 17, 2024.