Four hydropower projects receive low impact hydro certification

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) recently certified four hydropower projects as low impact.

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s criteria.

The recently-certified projects are: Clark Fork Hydroelectric Project in Idaho and Montana; Arkansas River Dam No. 2 Hydroelectric Project in Arkansas; the Alternatives Hydroelectric Project on the Mumford River in Massachusetts; and the Penacook Upper Hydroelectric Project located on the Contoocook River in New Hampshire.

The Clark Fork project consists of the Cabinet Gorge development and the Noxon Rapids development. The projects are located on the Clark Fork River in Idaho and Montana, respectively.

With the exception of the Clark Fork project, which was certified for eight years, the remaining projects received five year certification.

For details about the recently-certified hydro projects and LIHI certification, visit

The voluntary LIHI program is designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact hydropower facilities. Certification under the program means the owner can market the project as a certified low-impact facility.

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