Lexington MA (October 28, 2019): On October 25, 2019, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Hanover Pond Dam Hydroelectric Project. The Certification includes three conditions:

  • Condition 1:  The facility Owner shall provide copies of the final 2019 and 2020 water quality monitoring reports in annual compliance submittals to LIHI in the compliance year after each study’s results become available.  All agency and FERC correspondence and/or approvals of the results shall also be provided.
  • Condition 2: The facility Owner shall provide copies of the upcoming upstream and downstream passage study reports in annual compliance submittals to LIHI in the compliance year after each study’s results become available.  All agency and FERC correspondence and/or approvals of the results shall also be provided.  The Owner shall consult with resource agencies on any modifications and/or additional mitigation needed to ensure that downstream passage is effective.  The Owner shall submit a plan and schedule of approved measures to LIHI.  LIHI reserves the right to modify this certification as necessary to assure that its downstream fish passage standards are being met.
  • Condition 3 (optional): If at any time prior to six months before the expiration of the Certification term, Condition 2 is deemed satisfied, LIHI will determine whether or not to award a PLUS standard for downstream passage and extend the Certificate term for three additional years.

This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented on 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 “Hanover Pond Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420. All requests will be posted to the website.  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 November 27, 2019.  The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Project (pending LIHI #165) will be August 12, 2019 for a term of five (5) years, which will expire on August 11, 2024.