On November 1, 2011, Whitman River Dam, Inc., filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of the Wampanoag Dam Hydroelectric Project (Wampanoag Project or project) to be located on the Whitman River, near Ashburnham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express permission.
The proposed project would consist of: (1) An earthen dam, 22-foot-high and 660-foot-long, (2) a head pond with storage of 1420.0 acre-feet, (3) one existing 24-inch diameter discharge pipe, and (4) a new powerhouse located in the vicinity of the discharge pipe containing one generating unit having a capacity of 10 kilowatts. The estimated annual generation of the Wampanoag Project would be 53,000 kilowatt-hours.
Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site
More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of Commission's Web site at