FERC Seeks Public Input on License Surrender for Kilarc-Cow Project

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FERC is holding two scoping meetings to get public input regarding Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) proposal to surrender the license for the Kilarc-Cow project (P-606) and remove the diversion dam. The main purpose of these meetings is to identify the scope of the environmental issues that should be analyzed while preparing an environmental document for the proposal.

The first meeting will be held in Palo Cedro, CA on October 19 while the second meeting is schedule for October 22 in Redding, CA. The first meeting will primarily focus on receiving public input while the second meeting will focus on resource agency and non-governmental organization (NGO) concerns. For locations and times, read the FERC notice.

The public is also invited to tour the site with FERC staff. The Kilarc Creek Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th 2009 and the Cow Creek Tour for Wednesday, October 21. Details are available on the FERC notice.

PG&E filed a surrender application for the 5 MW project on March 13, 2009. The surrender plan includes removal of dam to stop water diversions and allow for free passage for fish and sediment.

PG&E has already submitted an application for water quality certification to the Water Resources Control Board for the surrender and removal of the project.