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Fischer, Zai join staff of Low Impact Hydropower Institute

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Maryalice Fischer and Lindsey Zai have joined the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI), to support the Low Impact Certification program.

Fischer is certification program director. She has more than 30 years of experience in environmental protection and regulatory affairs, including 20 years of direct hydropower experience. She has a master of science degree in environmental studies from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and physics from the University of New Hampshire.

Zai is program coordinator. She has managerial and conservation experience, including working with The Wilderness Society. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“The addition of Maryalice and Lindsey significantly increases our capacity to work with hydropower owners and stakeholders dedicated to environmental stewardship,” said LIHI Executive Director Shannon Ames. “Their professional experience, knowledge and enthusiasm will be invaluable as we expand our certification program.”

LIHI certifies hydropower projects that actively reduce their environmental impacts and protect river ecosystems by adhering to eight science-based criteria. Certified projects gain access to green power markets and premium prices in support of their environmental stewardship.

Recently LIHI has certified several projects. One of these is the Open Square Hydroelectric Project on the Connecticut River and the Holyoke Canal System in Massachusetts. The term of this new certification runs from Dec. 5, 2016, to Dec. 5, 2026. Another is the Holyoke Gas & Electric Department Hydroelectric Project on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The term of this new certification runs from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2025.

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