Lexington MA (October 9, 2018): On October 8, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Opal Springs Hydroelectric Project.

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 “Opal Springs 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 November 8, 2018.  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 Opal Springs Project (pending LIHI # 145) will be April 25, 2018 through April 24, 2028