Water Quality Certification Program Public Notices

Public Notices for Applications Received

Project Identification Project Description Notice Date
Hooper Creek Diversion Debris Removal Project On May 20, 2022, SCE filed a water quality certification application for the Hooper Creek Diversion Debris Removal Project (Project). The Project involves diverting Hooper Creek around the Hooper Creek Diversion Dam, dewatering the dam impoundment, and excavating and removing built-up sediment and debris via crane from within the dam impoundment area that is impeding low-level outlet valve operation on the dam. 06/17/2022
Florence Lake Dam Arch 52-54 Repair and Low-Level Outlet Upgrade Project On April 6, 2022, Southern California Edison Company (SCE) applied for a water quality certification for the Florence Lake Dam Arch 52-54 Repair and Low-Level Outlet Upgrade Project. SCE’s project involves two main activities: (1) repairs to three of the arches at the multiple-arch dam and (2) an upgrade of the existing low-level outlet system. 05/09/2022
Duncan Creek Diversion Improvement Project On April 4, 2022, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) requested an amendment to Condition 3 of the certification for the Duncan Creek Diversion Improvement Project. PCWA is requesting an amendment to allow PCWA to bypass flow up to the maximum capacity of the outlet works until infrastructure construction is completed to enable the flow releases specified in the certification. 04/21/2022
South State Water Project Hydropower The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power filed an application with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) for a water quality certification amendment for the South State Water Project Hydropower (Project).  The amendment would make the following changes: 1) minor language adjustments to Condition 3; 2) modification of ramping rates for downstream water deliveries made to United Water Conservation District; 3) removal of Condition 6, Large Woody Material; and 4) removal of Condition 7, Gravel Enhancement. 04/12/2022
Camp Far West Auxiliary Spillway Project On July 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a letter to South Sutter Water District (SSWD) directing SSWD to increase the Camp Far West Dam spillway’s existing capacity from 106,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 134,100 cfs to reduce the risk of dam failure. On February 17, 2022, SSWD filed a water quality certification application associated with its FERC license amendment request for the Camp Far West Auxiliary Spillway Project (Project). The Project consists of constructing a new auxiliary spillway and inlet channel that would be located adjacent to the existing Camp Far West Dam spillway to implement FERC’s directive for additional spillway capacity. The new auxiliary spillway would also require a new bridge on the existing roadway. 03/18/2022
Phoenix Hydroelectric Project On August 24, 2020, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) filed with the FERC a Final Application for New License (FLA) for the Project (FERC License No. 1061). On August 26, 2021, PG&E submitted a request for water quality certification associated with its pending FLA. The Project is located in the foothills of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in Tuolumne County, California. PG&E is not currently proposing to add capacity or make any major modifications to the Project or its operations. 03/11/2022
Jeff L. Taylor – Pine Flat Hydroelectric Project The Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) proposes to add a new generating unit to the Jeff L. Taylor Powerhouse that will utilize flows up to 375 cubic feet per second (cfs) released from the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Pine Flat Lake. The new unit will utilize flows that cannot be used to generate power in the existing powerhouse and are currently discharged through the powerhouse bypass system. This will increase the generating capacity by approximately 6.3 megawatts (MW) from 165 MW to 171.3 MW, an increase in name-plate generation capacity of 3.8 percent and will not increase the existing 8,000 cfs maximum hydraulic capacity of the Project. 01/24/2022
Devil Canyon Project The Department of Water Resources (DWR) requested certification for the Devil Canyon Project. The Project is located in San Bernardino County at the southern end of the East Branch of the State Water Project. In addition to continued operations, DWR proposes: 1) Project boundary modification; 2) Addition of existing Project Roads within the Project boundary; and 3) Addition of existing reservoir gauge in Silverwood Lake. 10/12/2021
Camp Far West Hydroelectric Project South Sutter Water District (SSWD) filed an application with FERC for a new license for the Project. In addition to continued operations, SSWD proposes: 1) raising Camp Far West Dam’s spillway crest by five feet which will allow Camp Far West Reservoir’s normal mean water surface elevation to increase from 300 feet to 305 feet; 2) modifying Project recreation facilities to replace or rehabilitate locations impacted by the increased reservoir water surface elevation; 3) adding an additional existing Project road to the FERC license; and 4) modifying the existing FERC Project Boundary. 06/18/2021
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. 05/11/2010