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Project Identification Project Description Notice Date
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.

02/10/15
Application Withdrawn 04/17/15

Pit 3, 4, 5 Hydroelectric Project
FERC #233
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.”
10/06/14
Lassen Lodge Hydroelectric Project
FERC #12496
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
FERC #2467
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.
06/24/14
Merced River Hydroelectric Project
FERC #2179
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.
06/24/14
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.
04/04/14
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
FERC #2687
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.
02/06/13
Middle Fork American River Project
FERC #2079
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.
10/11/12
McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project
FERC #2106
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.
10/03/12
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
FERC #2088
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
FERC #606
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
Poe
FERC #2107
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
FERC #2105
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
Big Creek
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
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