Final Environmental Assessment Report issued for Cushaw


FERC has recommended issuing a new license to Dominion Virginia Power for continued operation of the Cushaw hydroelectric project on the James River near Glasgow, Virginia. The project occupies 4.12 acres of the Jefferson National Forest's James River Face Wilderness Area and 0.76 acres of James River bottom.Contrary to the licensee's proposal, FERC however, does not recommend measures to protect American Eel and American Shad in its Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) report. Likewise, although Dominion proposes providing funding for habitat restoration for federally endangered James spinymussel, FERC has determined that such a measure is not necessary. Once widely present throughout the basin, this endangered species listed in 1988 currently occurs only in a few numbers in the James and Ranoake rivers in Virginia.The current license is due to expire on June 15, 2008.