Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Information
Federal law designates the use of the power company land that surrounds Harriman reservoir in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project #2323-012
Article 18 of the "Terms and Conditions For Constructed Major Project Affecting Navigable Waters Of The United States" states:
"So far as is consistent with proper operation of the project, the Licensee shall allow the public free access, to a reasonable extent, to project waters and adjacent project lands owned by the Licensee for the purpose of full public utilization of such lands and waters for navigation and for outdoor recreational purposes, including fishing and hunting. Provided, that the Licensee may reserve from public access such portions of the project waters, adjacent lands, and project facilities as may be necessary for the protection of life, health, and property."
Summary of 1996 Environmental Impact Study regarding relicensing
Ref: FERC: 1996 Annual Report
In August 1996, the Commission issued an FEIS for relicensing the existing Deerfield River Project No. 2323
and the Gardners Falls Project No. 2334 on the Deerfield River in Vermont and Massachusetts. The FEIS
evaluated the environmental consequences associated with: (1) implementing a settlement agreement and
cultural resources management plan involving the Deerfield and Bear Swamp Projects; (2) relicensing
the Deerfield and Gardners Falls Projects; and (3) modifying operation of the licensed Bear Swamp
Pumped Storage Project No. 2669 on the Deerfield River between the Deerfield and Gardners Falls Projects.
Proposed enhancements evaluated in the FEIS included: minimum flows in nearly 12 miles of formerly bypassed
river channel; installation of three downstream fish passage facilities and one upstream fish passage facility;
upgraded recreational facilities and improved whitewater boating opportunities; improved waterfowl nesting
and wetlands management; and conservation restriction on the use of nearly 18,000 acres of land in the
Deerfield River Basin. The Deerfield River and Gardners Falls Projects have installed capacities of
76.9 MW and 3.6 MW respectively. The settlement agreement between the licensee for the Deerfield and Bear
Swamp projects represented an agreement with 12 resource agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs)
that provided terms and conditions for fisheries, fish passage, wildlife, water quality, land management
and control, recreation, and aesthetics.
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