Harrington Park, New Jersey (March 8, 2017) – The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Slack Dam Hydroelectric project. The application materials can be found HERE.

The project is located at the Slack Dam in Springfield, Vermont.  The dam is one of five existing concrete gravity dams on the Black River.  (Comtu Falls site is immediately upstream, and the Lovejoy site is just downstream.)  The project was reconstructed in 1986 and has an installed capacity of 400 KW.  Annual energy production has averaged 2,000,000 KWH. The project is strict run-of-river utilizing 21’ of gross head, between the headwater and tailwater.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Slack Dam 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 “Slack Dam 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 7, 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.