EA Released for Proposed Project in Montana

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This week FERC released its Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed hydroelectric project on the Flint Creek near Philipsburg, Montana.

Granite County filed an application last year to operate the proposed 2 MW Flint Creek Hydroelectric Project (P-12107) which would utilize the existing Georgetown Lake Dam. In its application, the County proposed to refurbish and use the existing facility that remains from a project whose license was surrendered in 1992.

Although the County had originally proposed to contribute over $100,000 to Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks to fund enhancements of the fishery resources in the Upper Clark Fork Basin, Commission staff in their EA do not recommend that the County do so. The staff state that even though some level of fish entrainment may occur, the ability of fish to move would not change and hence sufficient protection to fisheries would be provided. The entire EA is available by clicking here.

Comments to the EA may be filed by January 15, 2010.