fish passage

Ft. Halifax Debate Closes with FERC's Final Order

FERC's recent issuance of an order regarding the Ft. Halifax dam signaled at least a temporary end to a standing controversy over the Commission's responsibilities and obligations with respect to settlement agreements. On January 22, 2004, FERC issued its final order for the Ft. Halifax Project on the Sebasticook River upholding its original 1998 settlement that required dam removal in the absence of construction of a fish lift.

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FERC Tells Parties to Renegotiate Fish Passage Condition in Landmark Settlement Agreement

The Ft. Halifax Dam has been parked on Sebasticook River, a tributary of the Kennebec River, since 1907. In 1998, after many years of contentious relicensing proceedings, a group of hydropower dam owners known as the KHDG, or Kennebec Hydro Developers Group, a group of conservation organizations called the Kennebec Coalition, and federal and state resource agencies reached a landmark settlement agreement.

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