LIHI awards low-impact certification to 8-MW Milford hydropower plant

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s governing board awarded low-impact certification status to the 8-MW Milford hydropower project.

The Black Bear Hydro-owned plant, located on the main stem of the Penobscot River in Maine, will now carry the LIHI certification until November 13, 2018.

Per LIHI’s unanimous certification, Milford’s operators will have to comply with several obligations, including:

  • Conducting fish passage effectiveness studies, including numerical performance on specific standards for Atlantic salmon, for the next three years to confirm the adequacy of fishways installed
  • Protecting three state-threatened mussel species located in the vicinity of Milford that could be impacted during significant impoundment lowering.
  • Reporting to LIHI on the status and results of consultations regarding a canoe portage trail, as well as the development of the trail.

LIHI 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 institute’s criteria.

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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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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