The KLPD trustees have voted to cease generating electricity and will issue a Notice of Intent (NOI)… one year prior to the filing date based on one alternative recommended by Wright Pierce (W-P) consulting engineers. The Federal (Government) Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requires KLPD to renew its license every 40 years. However, the bureaucracy of our government is so slow and onerous, review takes 5 years before the license is given. Once the NOI is filed they will talk to FERC about relinquishing the license, the reality is the KLPD trustees just want to remove the dams! Because the regulatory licenses are for 40 years, hydropower economics is based on long term costs. Funding grants for efficient energy production (identified as Class 1 facilities) are based on 40 year projections of costs and revenue. The Federal government makes grants and low rate loans available to the utility industry. Brokers deal in Clean Energy Credits, buying credits from Class 1 hydropower utilities and selling credits to utilities that must meet the regulations to purchase 30% renewable energy. The W-P feasibility report did not project the [power purchasing] costs over the next 46 years (2016-2062) in the recommended alternative to ceasing operations and removing the dams. W-P did not add the lost avoided cost (the revenue not generated by the dams) estimated at $5,648,000 over the next 40 years (2022-2062). The real cost for removing the dams and losing the revenue the generators no longer produce totals $7,970,202. Our three dams will be removed if (a) the financial value is not greater than the costs (including expenses for relicensing) and (b) they do not meet FERC requirements to maintain clean, efficient energy and provide for fish passage when justified. The recent election of Dan Bartilucci for KLPD was a grass roots campaign resulting in a 2 to 1 mandate from Kennebunk voters to save the dams. The trustees voted to relinquish the license the very next day, before Mr. Bartilucci could be present at the July Board meeting. Now, the KLPD Trustees wants the Town of Kennebunk to take over the responsibility of retaining or losing the dams. A ”facilitated” group of residents (Dam or not to Dam) have met in an effort to find a middle ground. These meetings provided the inspiration for another alternative. The February, 2011 ALDEN Research Laboratory, Inc. report, Fish Restoration Drivers and Passage Options for Kennebunk Light & Power Hydropower Facilities suggests an alternative option based on fish, or the lack thereof. The Alden report found: “Other than a small-scale, unpublished monitoring study by the Wells Reserve in 2009, there are very few data available…” and “This study was designed to determine the species present in the Mousam River estuary. Samples were collected with fyke nets in May, June, July, and September, 2009. The predominant species collected were 444 invasive crabs. Of the diadromous species that may be targeted for passage at the 3 KLPD dams, a total of; 2 blueback herring, 6 alewife, 1 American shad, and 17 American eel were collected. Although these results may be useful for establishing presence or absence of species in the lower estuarine portions of the river, they do not indicate that there are sufficient numbers of diadromous species moving in the Mousam River to warrant the installation of fish passage structures at the dams.” If there are no fish in the Mousam, what would use a fish ladder? No conservation group would want to be associated with a fish ladder “bridge to nowhere!” In considering the ALDEN report and eliminating the $2,869,000 cost of a fish ladder from the (3/15/2016) W-P alternative to seek a new license, there is a new alternative. The remaining costs for a new license is estimated at $5,700,000. Then add $500,000 as a budget for a new study to determine the current presence of diadromous species in the Mousam and provide for the construction of a fish attraction pond below the Kesslen dam (allowing for fish trucking, a common practice by the state). As explained by ALDEN, the new study would determine “…the quality and extent of spawning/rearing habitat and determination of the ultimate number of target species that the river reach can support.” This new alternative a new license with “Fish for a Healthy Mousam River”, would result in a positive Net Worth of $683,000 (total cost of $6,200,000 and revenues of $6,883,000). One must look realistically at the unique characteristics of the Mousam River including its 11 dams. The fifth dam at Estes Lake was created as a catch basin for hazardous wastes from Sanford’s tanning industry. If its owner was forced to remove this dam it would expose the hazardous wastes in the sediment, creating a Super Fund site and the resultant costs. The long term economics do not support removing dams on the Mousam River. Let’s renovate the hydropower generators, stock the Mousam River with fish and promote access to the ponding above all three dams, include docks and boat ramps. Then I can invite my fishing friends to put their fishing and recreation dollars into Kennebunk’s economy instead of the Grand Lake Stream’s economy. Let’s work with the Economic Development Committee and Selectmen. There is an alternative and the Town of Kennebunk has to pull together to KEEP OUR DAMS.