Brookfield White Pine Hydro, LLC, a Brookfield Renewable company, owns and operates the Bar Mills Project, a run-of-river dam located on the Saco River in Hollis, Maine. On November 30, 2020, BWPH notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of its intention to surrender the license (FERC No. 2194). In balancing operational, environmental, and future engineering concerns, Brookfield White Pine Hydro determined this approach as the most viable solution. Notifying FERC of the intent to surrender the license is the first step in the decommissioning process that includes agency and stakeholder consultation and environmental and public safety analysis.
As part of the studies required for the Bar Mills Dam decommissioning project, the headpond will undergo a drawdown of 6 to 7 feet below the normal elevation from September 11 through September 19. The drawdown is necessary for worker safety and to collect flow data to support the decommissioning project.
Please respect all fencing, signage and safety indications;
they are in place to ensure your safety and that of employees
and consultants working on the project.