Lexington MA (June 5, 2018): On June 4, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved the Newton Falls Hydroelectric Project for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification with the following condition:

Condition 1:  The Owner shall install, and develop a flow rating for a staff gage or monument in the bypassed reach of the lower development and shall provide the rating to the resource agencies and FERC as provided for in FERC’s Article 404 letter of November 4, 2008. Confirmation of completion shall be filed with LIHI by December 31, 2018.  LIHI may suspend or revoke Certification if this requirement is not met in full by that date unless it can be demonstrated that any additional delays are due to factors beyond the Owner’s control.

This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented in the initial application during the 60-day comment period are eligible to file an appeal. Such appeal needs to include an explanation as to how the project does not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Newton Falls Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2, Lexington, MA 02420. All requests will be posted to the website and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond and any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on July 5, 2018.  The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the new term for the Newton Falls Project will be November 2, 2017 to November 1, 2022.