Lexington MA (May 15, 2018): On May 14, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved the Rolfe Canal Hydroelectric Project for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification with the following conditions:

Condition 1: LIHI shall be provided a copy of the report submitted to NHDES on the results of the planned 2018 water quality studies along with the Owner’s interpretation of compliance with state standards. This LIHI submittal shall be within three months of completion of the testing and can be included with the applicable annual compliance statement if the timing aligns. A copy of NHDES’s response to the testing results shall also be forwarded to LIHI within 30 days of receipt from NHDES.

Condition 2: To support the requested PLUS standard for downstream passage, the Owner shall provide updates to LIHI as part of the annual compliance statements on the status of the new downstream eel exclusion screen planned for 2018 installation.  The updates should include a summary of activities during the prior year related to installation, post-installation testing, operational or structural changes planned or made as a result of testing; and any agency consultation, comments or acceptance of the installation once completed. The Owner can request the PLUS standard’s 3-year term extension up to six months in advance of the LIHI term expiration of December 3, 2022, and once the system has been tested and shown to be effective.  At that time, LIHI will make a determination whether to award an extra 3 years of certification.

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 “Rolfe Canal 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 June 14, 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 Rolfe Canal Project will be December 4, 2017 through December 3, 2022.