Lexington, MA (January 11, 2019): On January 10, 2019, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Brooklyn Dam Hydroelectric Project, with the following two conditions:
Condition 1: The facility Owner shall submit quarterly reports to LIHI by the end of the month following the calendar quarter (e.g., April 30, July 31, October 31, January 31), information sufficient to confirm run-of-river operations, adherence to impoundment refill rates, and related agency communications for the prior calendar quarter. Any requests made by the Owner for modifications to operations or refill rates, agency approvals of such modifications, copies of notifications to FERC and NHDES of any OCMP deviations, and copies of annual OCMP deviation reports to NHDES shall also be provided to LIHI with these reports.
Condition 2: The facility Owner shall submit to LIHI the NHDES review and comment on the 2018 water quality monitoring results within 60 days of receipt. The Owner shall consult with NHDES and USF&WS on the need for additional sampling in 2019 and 2020 and file with LIHI the results of that consultation by July 31, 2019. If additional sampling is not required by NHDES and USF&WS, the Owner should evaluate the need to file with FERC a request for amendment to the exemption to remove the requirement for additional sampling and, if applicable, provide a copy of the request and any subsequent FERC approval to LIHI when available. If minimum flows into the bypass reach are required, LIHI shall be provided with all relevant information and agency communications within 60 days of receipt.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Brooklyn Dam 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. 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 February 10, 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 #147) will be June 4, 2018 through June 3, 2023.