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

Condition 1: By December 31, 2018, the Owner shall provide LIHI with evidence of compliance with the water quality monitoring and with the other recommendations issued by NHDES in its letter dated April 13, 2018. When available, the Owner shall provide evidence of concurrence from NHDES that the Facility does not negatively impact water quality.

Condition 2: By July 31, 2018, the Owner shall submit the final Drawdown Management Plan to USFWS and LIHI.  When available, the Owner shall provide evidence of concurrence by the agencies on the plan.  In the annual compliance statements to LIHI, the Owner shall provide a summary of activities related to dwarf wedgemussel during the prior year including any takings, agency communication and consultation, issuance of an agency Biological Opinion, and/or changes in operations or facilities that may affect the species.

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 “Gilman 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 September 6, 2017 through September 5, 2022.