Rivers & Hydropower

Little Androscoggin and the Barker Mill Dam

The Barker Mill Dam uses the Little Androscoggin River to generate power.  Hydropower has an impact on river flows, the environment and recreational opportunities and the FERC relicensing process takes those impacts into consideration.  We only get a chance to comment on a license renewal every 30 to 50 years so it is important that we advocate for compatibility and even contribution to accomplishing community goals in exchange for using the public’s river for private power generating revenues.   Based on past Council direction we asked for the Owner to assess recreational access including fishing and viewing improvements and future potential demand, a white water potential study at varied flows and a review of public and private benefits of the facility.  We have been engaged with other stakeholders including the Androscoggin Land Trust, American Whitewater, Maine DEP, National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, and Maine IF&W. We have encouraged/helped the applicant to host past meetings in LA and at the Barker Mill Housing building and promoted the goals of the New Auburn Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan through the licensing process.  There is a strong interest in recreation within the project boundaries and the New Auburn Master Plan Identifies increased river access as Recreation Goal # 1.  This page is intended to help make sure documents related to the relicensing are available to the public.   Any comments or questions can be directed to your City Councilor or Eric Cousens, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development at 333-6601, Ext. 1154.  City Comments on the latest documents dated 2016 below are due to FERC by mid January 2017 and the Council will be asked to sign the final comments.  We want feedback to form official City comments and can help residents or organizations file their own comments with FERC to help show support for recreation in the project area.

2014

May 5, 2014 MDIFW PAD Comments

June 17, 2014 MDIFW Study Request

June 24, 2014 City of Auburn Barker Mill PAD Comments

June 24, 2014 City of Auburn PAD Study Request

2015

May 6, 2015 City of Auburn Barker Mill Study Plan Comments

Fall 2015 Bates College Examining Recreation Potential

2016

August 2016 Lower Barker Project Final Study Report

October 2016 Lower Barker Draft License Application

2017

January 20, 2017 DLA Comments

June 28, 2017 Lower Barker Whitewater Flow Study Report

June 29, 2017 Notice of Scoping Meetings

June 30, 2017 Notice of Application & Soliciting Motions to Intervene & Protest