FERC issues enviro review on four small hydroelectric projects in Mississippi

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 30 issued for 30 days of public comment an environmental assessment that covers a total of four hydroelectric projects in Mississippi where FERC-issued licenses are being sought.

FERC’s Office of Energy Projects has reviewed applications for original licenses for the Arkabutla Lake Hydroelectric Project, Sardis Lake Hydroelectric Project, Enid Lake Hydroelectric Project and Grenada Lake Hydroelectric Project. The projects would be constructed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ existing Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada dams located within the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi.

Staff has prepared a multi-project environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the four projects. Based on staff’s analysis with appropriate environmental protection measures, constructing and operating the projects would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment.

In November 2013, FFP Missouri 2 LLC filed applications with FERC) for these projects:

  • The proposed 5.1-MW Arkabutla Lake Hydroelectric Projec would be at river mile (RM) 86 on the Coldwater River in Tate and DeSoto counties, Mississippi. The project would occupy 48.2 acres of federal land administered by the Corps.
  • The proposed 14.6-MW Sardis Lake Hydroelectric Project would be at RM 69 on the Little Tallahatchie River in Panola County, Mississippi. The project would occupy 59 acres of federal land administered by the Corps.
  • The proposed 4.6-MW Enid Lake Hydroelectric Project would be at RM 14.5 on the Yocona River in Yalobusha County, Mississippi. The project would occupy 30 acres of federal land administered by the Corps.
  • The proposed 9-MW Grenada Lake Hydroelectric Project would be at RM 47.3 on the Yalobusha River in Grenada County, Mississippi. The project would occupy 35.5 acres of federal land administered by the Corps.

The four dams are managed, maintained, and operated by the Corps as components of its Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. They are earth-filled embankment dams, each having a concrete-lined, uncontrolled spillway located near the end of the dam. The existing outlet works, passing through the dams, consist of an intake tower; a reinforced-concrete conduit; regulating gates; a stilling basin; and an outlet channel.

The project contact information in all four cases is: Free Flow Power Corp., 239 Causeway Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114; (978) 283-2822.

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