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December 12, 2014

Dept. of Environmental Conservation Issues Water Quality Certification for the Waterbury Hydroelectric Project

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a water quality certification regarding the future operations of Green Mountain Power’s Waterbury Hydroelectric Project. Under this decision, the Waterbury Reservoir will be maintained at the current summertime level year-round, and flows will be managed to more closely mirror the natural flow of the Little River. The Department’s water quality certification ensures that dam operations are conducted in a manner that protects fishing, swimming, boating and other recreational uses of both the Waterbury Reservoir and Little River. The decision also ensures that the dam will continue to serve its primary purpose of flood control.

“We are pleased to be issuing a water quality certification that meets our obligations to protect water quality, while ensuring continued access for the recreational uses of the Waterbury Reservoir and the Little River that are loved by many thousands of Vermonters,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears.

This decision was made following public meetings held on October 7th and December 6th. Copies of the decision and response summary to comments received can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website: ( For additional information, contact Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears at (802) 828-1556.

Media Contacts: Leila LaRosa: (802) 238-7986; DEC Commissioner David Mears: (802) 828-1556

Source: Department of Environmental Conservation
Last Updated at: December 12, 2014 08:33:51