Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund
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The Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund was created as part of the settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license for three hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River at Fifteen Mile Falls near Littleton, N.H. and Ryegate, Vt. The settlement agreement (PDF), signed in 1997, involved a collaborative process in which representatives of state and federal agencies, environmental organizations, the local community and the dams’ owner worked together to define the terms of a new license for the Fifteen Mile Falls project. In April 2002, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new license to operate the dams based on this settlement agreement. The dams are currently owned and operated by TransCanada Hydro Northeast.
The fund supports restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shore lands within the Connecticut River watershed upstream of the confluence of the White River and the Connecticut River at White River Junction, Vt. and West Lebanon, N.H. The fund is expected to provide a total of approximately $21 million in grants for these projects over a 15-year period.
Senior Program Officer, Upper Valley Region
603-653-0387 ext. 1270
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