Water Quality Certification Program

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 372
Project Name: Lower Tule River Hydroelectric Project

Tulare Lower Tule Diversion Canal
(Photo courtesy of SCE)

Applicant: Southern California Edison (SCE)
County: Tulare
FERC License Expiration Date: August 31, 2034 (issued September 3, 2004)
Water Quality Certification Status: Issued March 5, 2004
Water Bodies: Middle Fork Tule River
FERC Licensing Process: Traditional Licensing Process (TLP)

Project Description:

The Lower Tule River Hydroelectric Project (Project) is located along the Middle Fork Tule River, approximately 2 miles east of the community of Springville. The run-of-the-river facility diverts water from both the South and North forks of the Middle Fork Tule River near the confluence of the two forks and conveys the water via a 31,802 foot long conduit to the Lower Tule powerhouse, generating up to 2.52 megawatts.  The maximum capacity of the conduit is 39 cubic feet per second (cfs). The bypass reach between the diversions to the powerhouse tailrace is approximately 5.4 miles.  In addition to power generation, the Project delivers up to 2.8 cfs of water to the community of Springville from the powerhouse tailrace.

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