Update April 25: MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and US Fisheries and Wildlife Service both cited the DRWTU Trout Spawning Studies in comments filed with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) (See links below).
DRWTU Attorney Chris Myhrum has filed two official documents on our behalf intended to impact the relicensing of Fife Brook Dam and the Bear Swamp Project.
What we are asking for in the FERC arena:
- Increase winter minimum flows in winter to 350 cfs to keep redds adequately covered
- Ramping up and ramping down to protect young of year fish
- Earlier in day recreation releases to provide for cold water relief during hot days
- Reducing disparate hydropeaking events
In the MA DEP arena we are advocating for all the same stuff as the FERC venue, but we are also asking MA DEP order Brookfield to conduct an Instream Flow Assessment (IFIM) study now, as well as at the time the Great River license comes up for renewal so we can assess hydropeaking impacts on spawning and young of year fish, and other river ecological damage resulting from Brookfield operations. This IFIM has already been requested in the FERC process multiples times by our agency partners. Brookfield has offered to conduct a 7 mile stretch survey, however, we want the entire 17 mile stretch done.