Lexington, MA (February 6, 2019): On February 5, 2019, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Waterbury Hydroelectric Project, with the following conditions:

Condition 1: Upon completion of the current water year under Stage II operations (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sep. 30, 2019), the facility Owner shall provide a report to VANR and LIHI that documents run of river compliance, adjustments made over the monitoring period, and recommendations for any additional refinement and/or monitoring needed to ensure compliance. The report shall be provided by December 31, 2019.  Thereafter, the facility Owner shall provide annual status summaries of run-of-river operations in annual compliance submittals to LIHI.

Condition 2:  The Facility Owner shall provide updates in their annual compliance submittals to LIHI summarizing progress made toward completion of recreation enhancements until all required improvements have been made and approved by FERC.

Condition 3 (optional):  If at any time prior to six months before the expiration of the Certification term the Facility Owner provides evidence that the Project meets the Plus standard for water quality based on continued implementation of the Tailrace Dissolved Oxygen Enhancement and Monitoring Plan (TDOEMP); that results indicate that TDOEMP implementation measures are appropriate; and that VDEC concurs with continued implementation of the TDOEMP; LIHI will review that information and determine whether or not to award the Plus 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 “Waterbury 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 March 8, 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 #148) will be November 16, 2018 through November 15, 2023 with an option to extend the term three years to November 15, 2026.