Do You Have An Opinion On The Lake Drawdowns? Tell FERC!
August 29, 2018. Perhaps you heard a rumor recently that Sanford, Wixom, Smallwood and Secord Lakes would be drawn down before Sept. 20. There’s a grain of truth behind the rumor, but there has been no decision whether to allow a drawdown or when it may start.
On Aug. 27, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a letter from Boyce Hydro Power LLC asking to move the date for beginning the lake drawdowns from Sept. 20 to Sept. 16. That’s the true part and the source of the rumor.
We contacted FERC to understand how they will handle Boyce’s request for the earlier drawdown date. Here is what we learned today, Aug. 29, 2018.
On Aug. 7, FERC published a Notice of Application for temporary drawdowns of Sanford, Wixom, Smallwood and Secord Lakes beginning Sept. 20. FERC procedures required a 30-day public comment period following publication of such a Notice. The last day of that public comment period is Sept. 6.
FERC will not make a decision on Boyce’s drawdown request until the public comment period has closed. If you have comments on the plan to draw down the lakes, including whether drawdowns start Sept. 16 or Sept. 20 or some other day, you have until close of business Sept. 6 to make those comments to FERC. Your comments will be considered in FERC’s decision on Boyce’s request. FERC has received several comments already and they do pay attention to public input. A comment can be a single sentence stating your support of or opposition to the proposed drawdowns.
Here are FERC’s instructions for making comments on the drawdowns:
Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at:
You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket numbers P-10809-044, P-10810-050, P-10808-061, and/or P-2785-095.
P-10809-044 is the docket number to use if you are commenting on Secord Lake, P-10810-050 for Smallwood Lake, P-10808-061 for Wixom Lake and P-2785-095 for Sanford Lake. If you are commenting on more than one lake, use the docket numbers for each of those lakes.