FERC Study Plan Determination – Following the Revised Study Plan prepared by Rumford Falls Hydro, LLC, and the public comment period, the FERC issued its study plan determination on August 6, 2020. In summary, six of the seven studies proposed by Rumford Falls Hydro were approved by the FERC without modification and included the Water Quality Study, Angler Creel Survey Study, Impoundment Bass Spawning Survey, Flow Study for Aquatic Habitat Evaluation, Aesthetic Flow Study, and Historic Architectural Survey. The seventh study, the Recreation Study, was approved with FERC staff-recommended modifications. Additionally, a Whitewater Boating Study request prepared by the Town of Rumford was approved with FERC staff-recommended modifications.
Revised Proposed Study Plan – The Revised Proposed Study Plan was filed on behalf of Rumford Falls Hydro on July 7, 2020. The Revised Study Plan (RSP) which is subject to additional comments, review, and approval by the FERC, incorporates public comments from the proposed study plan and includes further details regarding the relicensing studies.
Rumford Falls Hydro has evaluated and responded to all of the study requests submitted by stakeholders in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Commission’s ILP regulations. In summary, as part of the RSP, Rumford Falls Hydro proposed and provided study plans for studies associated with a Water Quality Study, Angler Survey Study, Recreation Study, Historic Architectural Survey, Aesthetic Flow Study, Impoundment Bass Spawning Survey and a Flow Study for Aquatic Habitat Evaluation.
Rumford Falls Hydro, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable, continues to propose a comprehensive Recreation Study plan that can be used to develop a recreation management plan. Once developed, the recreation management plan will be available for review by stakeholders and included in the 2022 draft and final license application. The proposed Recreation Study to be conducted in 2021 will assess current recreation usage and future recreation needs in the Project area. Rumford Falls Trail, Veterans Park, the West Viewing area, J. Eugene Boivin Park, and seven other recreation features are included in the proposed study area. The proposed recreational study encompasses a site visit and focus group discussions, visitor surveys, and online surveys.
Other Licensing Documents – Copies of documents are available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website, ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number, P-2333, to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659.