The California State Water Board issued a draft water quality certification (401 certification) earlier this week that requires the operator of DeSabla-Centreville hydroelectric project to adopt measures to improve water quality and quantity in the Butte Creek. The draft 401 was prepared as part of the relicensing of the projects owned by PG&E.
In a final environmental Impact statement (FEIS) released on August 16, staff at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have supported PG&E’s proposal to decommission the Kilarc-Cow project in Shasta County, California.
PG&E has announced a set of formal outreach events to kick-off the relicensing for its 364 MW project on the McCloud River in northeastern California. The McCloud River is a legendary destination for anglers in search of the famed McCloud brown trout. Despite the large amount of private land surrounding the river to keep it relatively protection, PG&E's four dams near the river's headwaters divert up to 90% of the natural flow.
PG&E Put on Notice to Protect Threatened Spring-Run Chinook Salmon; Conservation and Fishing Organizations Say Butte Creek Hydroelectric Operations Require a Second LookSan Francisco - Conservation and fishing groups have launched a legal effort to protect the threatened Central Valley spring-run chinook salmon population that spawns in Butte Creek, one of state's last, and most vibrant, populations of spring-run chinook.