New CT Dam Operator Required to Facilitate Fish Passage
March 29, 2012
TheDay.com: Whichever company ends up with the license to operate the hydroelectric dam on the Shetucket River at the Scotland-Windham border will have to build a fish and eel passage and maintain natural water flows, according to a proposed decision by state regulators.
The conditions are included in a draft water-quality permit issued last week by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to the two applicants for the license to operate the dam. The license held by the current operator, First Light Power Resources GDF Suez Energy North America, is expiring this year. In a relatively unusual situation, First Light is now competing with Norwich Public Utilities for a new license.