Lexington MA (June 12, 2018): On June 11, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved the Occum Hydroelectric Project for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification with the following condition:

Condition 1: The Owner shall provide an update on the status of the ongoing upstream fish passage studies in the annual compliance statement to LIHI. This update should summarize any findings made in the respective year’s studies as well as any modifications that may be requested by CTDEEP or USFWS. The Owner’s response to such requests shall also be provided.

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 projects do not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Occum 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 July 12, 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 Occum Project will be March 6, 2018 through March 5, 2023.