LIHI Certifies One and Recertifies Another Hydroproject in the Northeast


On July 3, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's board certified the Oswego River Project , on the Oswego River, New York as a "low-impact" hydropower project. Similarly, the Worumbo project on the Androscoggin River, Maine was also recertified.

The Oswego Project consists of five developments (Oswego Falls East, Oswego Falls West, Fulton, Minetto, and Varick developments) and comprises two FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects along the Oswego River in Oswego County, New York. Read more about the project and the certification on LIHI's website.

The 19.4 MW Worumbo hydro project, on the other hand, had already received LIHI's low-impact certification in 2004. Read more on the project at LIHI's project page.

So far 35 hydroelectric projects around the country have been recognized as low-impact by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, while seven more have submitted their applications.

According to the LIHI website, "LIHI certification means that the hydropower facility has been found to meet or exceed the Institute's Certification Criteria which address eight key areas: river flows, water quality, fish passage and protection, watershed protection, threatened and endangered species protection, cultural resource protection, recreation, and facilities recommended for removal."