City of Hamilton, Ohio
Greenup Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2614)
Final Meeting Summary
Location: Greenup Hydroelectric Project on the east/Ohio bank of the Ohio River
(Greenup County, KY, and Scioto County, OH)
Date / Time: Monday; March 31, 2008 / Approximately 10:00am – 12:30pm
Regarding: Potential Low Impact Hydro Certification
List of Attendees1:
NAME AGENCY / E-MAIL ADDRESS PHONE No.
Tom Leibham City of Hamilton, OH email@example.com 513-207-0023
Mark Brandenburger City of Hamilton, OH firstname.lastname@example.org 513-785-7006
Wayson Cooper City of Hamilton, OH email@example.com 740-574-6985
Larry Stamm City of Hamilton, OH firstname.lastname@example.org 740-574-6985
Michael Perry City of Hamilton, OH email@example.com 513-785-7202
Becky Jenkins Ohio Dept. of Natural firstname.lastname@example.org 614-265-6631
Resources (OH DNR);
Div. of Wildlife
Brian Mitch Ohio Dept. of Natural email@example.com 614-265-6378
Resources (OH DNR);
Ken Halstead U.S. Army Corps of Kenneth.C.Halstead@usace.army.mil 304-399-5811
Kate Miller MWH Americas firstname.lastname@example.org 434-942-8678
Meeting participants began to arrive at the Greenup Hydroelectric Project at approximately 10am;
the meeting began at approximately 10:30am. Kate Miller (MWH) led introductions. She
described the meeting goals, which included informing attendees of the Low Impact Hydro
Institute’s (LIHI’s) mission, and the City of Hamilton’s (City’s) desire to have the Greenup
Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] Project No. 2614) certified as “low
impact hydro.” Folders with a series of handouts were distributed to meeting participants. The
materials contained in each folder are as follows:
Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water (KDOW)
stated they would not be available to participate in the LIHI certification process. U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS) representative Mike Armstrong stated that no USFWS staff would be available to attend
the meeting. Additionally, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) representative
Mike Hardin was also unable to attend the meeting. Both Armstrong and Hardin stated they would review
information provided by the City regarding LIHI certification for the Greenup Project, and offer
recommendations. Information packets containing the documents distributed at the meeting have since
been mailed to these individuals.
Low Impact Hydro Institute: About Us;
o source: http://www.lowimpacthydro.org/content/about.aspx
Low Impact Hydro Institute: Frequently Asked Questions;
o source: http://www.lowimpacthydro.org/documents/faq.pdf
Low Impact Hydro Institute: Low Impact Hydro Certification Criteria; Summary of
Goals and Standards;
o source: http://www.lowimpacthydro.org/documents/criteria_summary.pdf
Low Impact Hydro Institute: Certified Facilities;
o source: http://www.lowimpacthydro.org/cf.aspx
description of the Greenup Hydroelectric facility2;
draft Greenup LIHI certification application; and
letter of support example (issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection3 in support of LIHI certification for the Rayston Dam; FERC No. 2769).
Miller briefly described the Greenup Hydroelectric Project, project history, facilities, and the
LIHI’s eight certification criteria: 1) river flows; 2) water quality; 3) fish passage and protection;
4) watershed protection; 5) threatened and endangered species; 6) cultural resource protection; 7)
recreation; and 8) facilities recommended for removal.
Miller stated that the City is pursuing this voluntary certification process in order to provide
consumers with a more environmentally friendly energy supply. The City has been approached
by local businesses actively seeking opportunities to “go green.” Certification of the Greenup
Project as low impact hydro would also enable the City to pursue the development of other
environmentally friendly energy projects.
Review of Draft Greenup LIHI Certification Application
Meeting participants proceeded to review and discuss the draft Greenup LIHI certification
Regarding flows, it was stated that Greenup is in compliance with the flow requirements outlined
in the project’s license (issued by FERC in 1976), and in accordance with an existing Operating
Agreement with the USACE.
Miller stated that the project is also in compliance with its water quality requirements, issued by
the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission in 1972. As required by the project’s FERC
license, water quality is monitored at Greenup, and project operations include the admission of air
Attachment E of the draft Greenup LIHI application.
Issued by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to Allegheny Electric Cooperative.
Dated November 6, 2006.
into draft tubes during power generation whenever dissolved oxygen concentration in the project
discharge declines below 5.0 mg/l. Wayson Cooper (City) confirmed that the project has no
history of water quality violations.
No mandatory fish passage prescriptions are contained in the Greenup Project license. Miller
commented that since there are no fish passage prescriptions at projects up- or downstream of
Greenup, the development of a fish passage at Greenup would not likely be effective.
Concerning watershed protection, the Greenup Project boundaries identified in its FERC license
are limited to approximately 7.2 acres in the vicinity of the USACE’s right abutment. Miller
stated that the Greenup Pool shoreline is owned and managed by a variety of public and private
entities. No shoreline management requirements are included in Greenup’s FERC license.
Federally-listed threatened and endangered species within the project area and/or in the
downstream reach of the project have been identified in Attachment J of the Greenup LIHI
certification application. No known threatened or endangered species are present in the vicinity
of the Greenup Locks and Dam. Brian Mitch (OH DNR) inquired as to whether the OH DNR’s
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves had been consulted. Miller stated that this particular OH
DNR division had not been contacted.
Mitch also commented that the OH DNR might be able to provide more site-specific information
regarding threatened and endangered species in/around the project area. Miller stated that she
would e-mail Mitch and Becky Jenkins (OH DNR) Attachment J of the draft Greenup LIHI
application, and requested information they might be able to provide regarding site-specific
threatened and endangered species. Miller also commented that no incidental takes of listed
species have occurred at the Greenup Project.
No cultural, historical and/or archaeological resources have been identified in the Greenup
Hydroelectric Project area. Miller stated that the project was in compliance with its FERC license
requirement, which calls for consultation and cooperation with the appropriate federal, state and
The recreation facilities provided at the project appear to be adequate. City of Hamilton staff
confirmed that the Greenup Project provides some of the best tailrace fishing in the area, and
stated that fishermen have been present at the project since it began operation. Jenkins asked
about the set-up of river access, in regards to security. City staff commented that no boat
launches were provided in the area immediately around the dam, as this is a restricted zone and
boats are prohibited. This was confirmed by Ken Halstead (USACE). However, a parking lot
and walking path (to the fishing area) are provided in the immediate vicinity of the dam. City
staff stated that there is a boat ramp located approximately two to three miles downstream of the
project, but were unsure if this facility was public. Another boat ramp located a few miles
upstream of the project is open to the public.
Miller asserted that no construction and/or project modifications were proposed pursuant to LIHI
Jenkins stated that she would like to review the Greenup license. Since the license was issued in
the 1970s Jenkins is concerned with the age of the information, and is interested to see what
provisions the license includes regarding threatened and endangered species protection. Miller
stated that she would e-mail a PDF version of the original license to Jenkins and Mitch for
Mitch asked if the City had consulted with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Michael
Perry (City) stated that since the City of Hamilton is a municipality and owner of the Greenup
Project, they do not consult with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
At the conclusion of the discussion, Cooper led all meeting participants on a tour of the Greenup
Hydroelectric Project. On this day, the project was shutdown due to high river flows. Fishermen
were observed in the vicinity of the project area.
After the project tour concluded, meeting participants returned to the conference room where the
meeting was briefly summarized, and the following action items were identified:
Attendees will review the draft Greenup LIHI certification application and provide
comments within two to three weeks.
o Comments shall be sent to:
Mr. Wayson Cooper, Hydro Superintendent
Department of City Works, City of Hamilton
3263 Kenyon Road
Franklin Furnace, OH 45629
Miller will compose a draft meeting summary and e-mail it to meeting participants for
review. Upon review, a final meeting summary will be issued.
Miller will e-mail copies of the original FERC license for the Greenup Project
(Attachment A of Greenup’s LIHI application) to Jenkins and Mitch. Additionally,
Miller will send information regarding threatened and endangered species for Kentucky,
Ohio and West Virginia (Attachment J of Greenup’s LIHI application) to Jenkins and
Mitch for review and comparison to OH DNR’s species lists.
The City of Hamilton staff thanked the agencies for their participation in the Greenup LIHI
certification process, and stated that they look forward to receiving their comments on the
application. Meeting participants departed from the project at approximately 12:30pm.