Laurie Husted, Chief Sustainability Officer, Bard College

Non-Federal Permitting Requirements

While the team at Bard was waiting to hear back from FERC regarding our federal application, we decided to discuss the project locally. This meant reaching out to local and state agencies to understand what regulatory requirements we would have to meet at these levels to move forward with the project.

We asked the Town of Red Hook – could we install micro hydropower on our existing two dams?  We approached the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 3 for a preliminary meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to learn what permits we would need to receive from them for the project to move forward. We also contacted the New York Dam Safety Office, as well as the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to understand more about whether they thought the dam was historically significant.

Local level permit process

Courtesy of Current Hydro

The Annandale Dam is a National Historic Landmark as part of the Montgomery Place property. This designation was one of the reasons we reached out to the State Historic Preservation Office.

State level permit process

Courtesy of Current Hydro

Next Steps

As we proceeded through these regulatory conversations, we learned several things:

We are continuing to move forward with collecting data for the Dam Safety Office and other local and state requirements alongside the next steps of the federal permitting process. While DEC and the Town of Red Hook may have a smaller regulatory role to play if we do not receive FERC exemption, we are committed to working with our local stakeholders during the project.

Read more about the State process under FERC jurisdiction.


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