Tallassee Shoals Project in GA Looks to Get LIHI Certification- Again

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First certified in 2004, the Tallassee Shoals hydroelectric project on the Middle Oconee River in Georgia has applied for recertification of the facility with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI).According to the application posted on the LIHI website, the project was constructed in 1984 and began operation in 1986. The project was licensed by FERC in 1983 (FERC No- P-6591) and has an installed capacity of 2.3 MW.In order to be certified by the Institute, a hydropower facility must meet criteria in the following eight 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.

As part of the review process LIHI is looking for public comments on the application. Comments are due by April 25, 2009.  All documents pertaining to the application can be found on LIHI's website.LIHI has seven other pending applications for projects seeking LIHI certification. Thirty seven hydroelectric project around the nation have so far received the certification.