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|Project Identification||Project Description||Notice Date|
Upper American River Hydroelectric Project
Proposed Temporary Minimum Streamflow Variance
|Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) proposes temporary minimum streamflow variances in the South Fork Rubicon River below Robbs Peak Reservoir Dam and Silver Creek below Camino Reservoir Dam in order to facilitate construction of new weirs, which are required per Condition 6 of the Upper American River Project (UARP) water quality certification (FERC Project No. 2101). SMUD is proposing a temporary variance in minimum instream flows required per Condition 1.E (below Robbs Peak Reservoir Dam) and Condition 1.H (below Camino Reservoir Dam).||07/26/16|
|Rio Bravo Hydro Sediment Management Project||Olcese Water District (OWD) plans to manage sediment accumulation at the impoundment and diversion canal for the Rio Bravo Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 4129). OWD proposes a sediment management strategy that consists of mechanical sediment removal and sediment sluicing. Mechanical sediment removal involves dredging in the impoundment every 1-5 years and the use of excavators to remove sediment from the canal every 5-10 years. Sediment sluicing through the dam drain gate would be triggered by flow criteria, upstream sediment transport, and/or turbid flow conditions, and may occur more than once annually.||07/19/16|
|Narrows 2 Mitigation Plan Project||Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) will provide improved habitat for juvenile anadromous fish in the Yuba River, as mitigation for a 2015 flow violation that adversely affected salmonid spawning and juveniles. YCWA will place 30 pieces of Large Woody Material (LWM) in the Yuba River, below Englebright Dam at 3 locations. Each selected location is suitable to retain LWM and provide benefits to a variety of salmonid life stages. YCWA plans to excavate a 9-ft long, 6-ft deep, 4-ft wide trench and approximately 240 cubic yards of material for each of the 30 LWM pieces. LWM will be placed facing downstream at approximately a 45-degree angle to the stream bank with approximately half of the LWM piece buried in the bank. YCWA may use alternative methods to anchor the LWM conserving safety and aesthetics.||05/26/16|
|Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project||The Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project (Project) proposes to construct two surface water diversion facilities (the Reclamation Ditch Diversion and the Blanco Drain Diversion). Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (Applicant) intends to treat diverted surface water at the Monterey Regional Treatment Plant and inject the water into the Seaside Groundwater Basin. The primary objective of the Project is to replenish the Seaside Groundwater Basin with purified recycled water to replace a portion of the California American Water Company's water supply as required by state orders and thereby reducing withdrawals of water from the Carmel River. The Reclamation Ditch Diversion and the Blanco Drain Diversion are proposed water diversions that will contribute a portion of the source water needed to meet recycled water demands identified for the Project. The two diversions structures are located within drainage channels in the Northern Salinas Valley. The water quality certification application will be processed in parallel with Water Rights applications A032263A and A032263B.||05/05/16|
|Narrows 2 Bypass Gravel Bar Work Project||During operations of Yuba County Water Agency’s (YCWA) Narrows 2 Powerhouse, an intermittent gravel bar approximately 40 feet (ft) long by 25 ft wide surfaces in the Yuba River downstream of Englebright Dam. The emergence of the gravel bar isolates a pool approximately 100 ft long, 160 ft wide, and 9 ft deep from the lower Yuba River. The isolation pool has the potential to strand federal and state listed anadromous fish. YCWA plans to notch a channel through the gravel bar to attain year-round connectivity between the isolated pool and the Yuba River. Excavation of the channel will relocate 1,000-1,500 cubic feet of material to the top of the gravel bar. The heightened gravel bar will be graded for channel stability.||03/16/16|
|Eastern Sierra Hydroelectric Power Projects Ongoing Operations and Maintenance||Southern California Edison Company (SCE) has applied for water quality certification for the Eastern Sierra Hydroelectric Power Projects Ongoing Operations and Maintenance (O&M Project).||01/21/16|
|Tioga Lake Dam Outlet and Grizzly Repair Project||Southern California Edison (SCE) has applied for water quality certification for conducting repairs to the concrete surrounding the Tioga Dam outlet pipe and the grates on the steel trash rack (i.e., grizzly). SCE will conduct needed repairs and install a geomembrane liner on the surface of the upstream side of the dam in the immediate vicinity of the outlet works. The proposed Project area is within the Lee Vining Hydropower Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 1388), on Lee Vining Creek in the Inyo National Forest.||01/21/16|
|County Line Vineyard Project||The County Line Vineyard Project (Project) is located outside the City of St. Helena on Spring Mountain Road near the border of Sonoma and Napa counties. The Project involves constructing an on-stream reservoir near the headwaters of an unnamed stream tributary to Mark West Creek, installing a diversion weir, and associated pumping station approximately 1,600 feet downstream of the proposed reservoir. The purpose of the project is to provide consistent irrigation and heat protection for 11 acres of existing vineyards||12/10/15|
|2016 West False River Salinity Barrier Project||The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has applied for water quality certification to install and remove a single salinity barrier at West False River to control saltwater intrusion into the Delta and conserve water in upstream reservoirs for other uses. The salinity barrier could be installed as early as April 1, 2016, and be removed by November 30, 2016. The project would only be implemented if DWR, in co-operation with other State and federal agencies, determines that a drought has reduced water storage in the State Water Project to critical levels.||12/10/15
Application Withdrawn 03/14/16
|Cal WaterFix||The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has applied for water quality certification to construct and operate the California WaterFix Project (Project). Specifically, DWR is seeking authorization under section 401 of the Clean Water Act to construct and operate a new water conveyance facility that will be part of the State Water Project (SWP) and operated in coordination with the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s (USBR) operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP).||10/30/15|
|Florence Lake Dam Geomembrane Liner Installation and Infrastructure Repair Project||Southern California Edison (SCE) has applied for water quality certification to install geomembrane liners over all 58 arches of the Florence Lake Dam, and to preform infrastructure repairs at the low level outlets, Ward Tunnel Intake “grizzly” (trash rack), intake gate seats, and the minimum pool weir.||08/10/15|
|Phase 2 of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project||Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has submitted an application for Phase 2 of the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, which will complete the restoration project goals and complete the re-establishment of approximately 42 miles of Chinook salmon and steelhead habitat in the north and south forks of Battle Creek, plus an additional 6 miles of habitat on its tributaries. PG&E’s part of Phase 2 will be accomplished primarily through the modification of the existing Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission No. 1121 facilities and operations, including instream flow releases.||07/01/15|
| New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve Project
FERC No. 2101
|The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has requested a non-capacity license amendment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Upper American River Project (UARP) to construct the New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Valve Project.||05/15/15|
|2015-2024 Emergency Drought Barriers||The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has applied for water quality certification to install three emergency drought barriers at West False River, Steamboat Slough, and Sutter Slough, for up to three separate times in a ten year period, to help preserve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) during drought conditions. The temporary rock barriers will prevent tide-driven saltwater from pushing too deeply into the Delta and will allow water managers to retain some water in upstream reservoirs for release later in the year.||
|Pit 3, 4, 5 Hydroelectric Project
|On January 27, 2007, the State Water Board issued a certification for the Pit 3, 4, and 5 Hydroelectric Project (Project). Condition 14 and Mitigation Measure 12 of the certification requires PG&E to develop a Recreation Resource Management Plan (RRMP) for the Project. The RRMP was approved by the State Water Board on April 25, 2011, and by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 3, 2011. PG&E’s application is requesting modifications to Mitigation Measure 12 of the certification to remove any inconsistencies with the FERC-approved RRMP.
In addition, PG&E is also requesting modification to Conditions 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the certification to remove inconsistencies with Section 4(e) Conditions changes that were filed by the United States Forest Service to “correct grammatical errors, provide clarifications, changes to survey protocols identified during specific resource plan development, design changes during construction, and others.”
|Lassen Lodge Hydroelectric Project
|Rugraw, LLC proposes to construct the Lassen Lodge Hydroelectric Project (Project), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 12496. The proposed Project will have a nameplate capacity of 5 megawatts. The purpose of the proposed Project is to generate electricity through hydropower. Rugraw, LLC filed with FERC a final license application on April 21, 2014, for a major original license.||07/02/14|
|Merced Falls Hydroelectric Project
|Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is seeking to relicense its Merced Falls Hydroelectric Project (Project), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 2467. The Project is located on the Merced River in Mariposa and Merced Counties, California. The 3.4 megawatt Project consists of one power generating development with a 65 surface acre impoundment with an approximate storage capacity of 678 acre-feet of water; one powerhouse with associated switchyard; appurtenant facilities; and recreational facilities.
The powerhouse is operated as a run-of-the-river facility using water from the impoundment. Immediately upstream of the Project is the Merced River Hydroelectric Project, which is owned and operated by Merced Irrigation District (MID). Within the Project’s impoundment, water is diverted to MID’s North Side Canal and two other private irrigation diversions. The majority of Project lands are owned by PG&E. The Project also occupies land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, as well as other private landholders.
|Merced River Hydroelectric Project
|Merced Irrigation District (MID) is seeking to relicense its existing 103.5 megawatt Merced River Hydroelectric Project (Project), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 2179. The Project is located on the Merced River and Deadman Creek in Mariposa and Merced counties, near the City of Merced in the San Joaquin River Basin. This multipurpose Project diverts water from the Merced River for various beneficial uses. MID primarily operates the Project for agricultural irrigation, however, other beneficial uses include: hydropower, groundwater recharge, municipal and industrial use, landscape irrigation, and environmental.
Project facilities and features include two existing dams (New Exchequer and McSwain) and associated reservoirs with a combined storage of 1,034,330 acre-feet (Lake McClure and McSwain Reservoir); two powerhouses (New Exchequer and McSwain); and five recreation areas.
In addition, the existing license includes eight minor facilities (e.g., culverts and small structures) along MID’s existing water supply system. The minor facilities are associated with the delivery of water to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Merced National Wildlife Refuge.
|Supplemental Flow Variance Request on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River
FERC Project Nos. 2005, 2130
|PG&E and the Tri-Dam Project have jointly requested a variance from providing recreational boating flows and supplemental spring flows in the Middle Fork Stanislaus River (MFSR) as required under the water quality certifications (certifications) issued by the State Water Board for the Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project and Beardsley/Donnells Project, respectively.
More information on the Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project can be found at the project web page maintained by the State Water Board. The certification for the Beardsley Project is also available.
|Emergency Drought Barriers Project||The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) plans to install three emergency drought barriers at West False River, Steamboat Slough, and Sutter Slough, to help preserve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta). The temporary rock barriers will prevent tide-driven saltwater from pushing too deeply into the Delta and allow water managers to retain some water in upstream reservoirs for release later in the year. Late summer and fall releases will meet fish needs in upstream rivers and will still be available in part for emergency drinking water supplies from the Delta. A Project fact sheet and webpage have been prepared by DWR for this Project||03/28/14|
|Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project 401 Water Quality Certification Amendment
|The Project is evaluating removal or modification of the flushing flow requirements in the 401 water quality certification for the Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project, FERC #2687.||05/09/13|
|Lewiston Power Plant Replacement Project||The Trinity Public Utilities District (TPUD), the Project proponent, proposes to replace an existing 350-kilowatt (kW) hydroelectric power plant at the Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River in Trinity County, California, with a 2.2-megawatt (MW) power plant. The proposed action would demolish the existing 350-kW powerhouse, construct a new powerhouse at the same location with an installed capacity of approximately 2.2 MW, install a new siphon penstock and new intake structure through the left abutment of the dam, and reconfigure the tailrace.
The Project area is comprised of public land and facilities administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) in Section 8, Township 33 North, Range 8 West, Mt. Diablo Meridian Baseline.
|Middle Fork American River Project
|Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is seeking to relicense its Middle Fork American River Project (Project), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) Project No. 2079. The Project serves as a multipurpose water supply and hydrogeneration project designed to conserve and control waters of the Middle Fork American River, the Rubicon River, and several associated tributary streams.
The Project is located within the Middle Fork American River Watershed (Watershed) at elevations ranging from approximately 1,100 feet to 5,300 feet. Water for hydroelectric generation and consumptive use is diverted and stored under permits and licenses issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The Project consists of five powerhouses with a combined nameplate generating capacity of approximately 223.7 MW.
|McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project
|On July 16, 2009, Pacific Gas and Electric filed an application to relicense its 368-megawatt McCloud-Pit Project No. 2106 (Project) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Project is located on the McCloud and Pit Rivers in Shasta County, California, and consists of three existing developments (James B. Black, Pit 6, and Pit 7).
Project features collectively include two storage reservoirs (McCloud and Iron Canyon reservoirs), two regulating reservoirs (Pit 6 and Pit 7 reservoirs), one afterbay (Pit 7 afterbay), two tunnels, three powerhouses (James B. Black, Pit 6, and Pit 7 powerhouses), and associated equipment and transmission facilities.
The current license expired July 31, 2011. The average annual energy generation, from 1979 to 2004, for James B. Black, Pit 6, and Pit 7 powerhouses is 656.3, 373.8, and 512.1 gigawatt-hours, respectively.
|Bear Creek Diversion Dam Replacement Project||Demolish the existing Bear Creek Diversion Dam and pipeline and replace with a new dam approximately 100 feet downstream. Reconstruct the intake structure and a portion of the conveyance canal.||05/11/10|
|South Feather Hydroelectric Project
|South Feather Hydroelectric Project is undergoing relicensing for the continued operation of the facility with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.||11/17/09|
|Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectric Project
|This project involves the decommissioning of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectic Project features, which includes the canals, forebays, and instream diversion dams, as authorized through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding. Additional information on the Kilarc-Cow Hydroelectric Project can be found on the project web page.||09/15/09|
|The Poe Hydroelectric Project, No. 2107, consists of the Poe Dam, a powerhouse, and a bypassed stream reach, which is undergoing relicensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.||07/14/09|
|Upper North Fork Feather River Hydroelectric Project
|The Upper North Fork Feather River Hydroelectric Project, No. 2105, consists of three dams, five powerhouses, and three bypassed stream reaches, which is undergoing relicensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.||07/14/09|
FERC #67, #120, #2174, #2175, #2085 & #2086
|Issuance of new FERC licenses for six hydroelectric projects located in upper San Joaquin River watershed in Madera and Fresno counties. Additional information on the Big Creek Hydroelectric Projects can be found on the project web pages.||06/02/09|
- Public Notices of Applications for Water Quality Certification-Proposed Multi-Regional Projects - Division of Water Quality
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