Lexington MA (October 3, 2019): The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has preliminarily approved Low Impact Recertification for the Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project, LIHI #114. The Certification includes two conditions:
Condition 1: The facility Owner shall continue to cooperate and participate in any new studies of ecological flow requirements at the Project and provide copies of any study reports and related consultation to LIHI in annual compliance statements.
Condition 2: The facility Owner shall continue to work with USACE to investigate possible flexibility in the existing Water Control Manual to keep short-term dam releases at higher, more stable minimum levels. If such flexibility can be agreed to between USACE and the Owner, the Owner shall implement improved minimum releases.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 6, 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 2, 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 will be November 14, 2018 for a term of ten (10) years, which will expire on November 13, 2028.