California

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

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.

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Flows Improved in North Fork Feather River

In an order issued last week, FERC approved a new flow schedule for the Cresta reach of the North Fork Feather River. Coalition members California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and American Whitewater (AW) were instrumental in achieving the improved flows in the river.

While the new flow regime was designed largely to be more protective of Foothill Yellow-Legged Frogs, it will also provide additional opportunities for whitewater recreation.

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FERC Staff Issue Final EIS for Big Creek Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the four hydroelectric projects on the Big Creek System, located in Fresno and Madera Counties in California.The four projects are owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and include Mammoth Pool Project (P-2085), Big Creek Nos.

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FERC Rejects Climate Change Study

In a move that has disappointed many, FERC has rejected a request to predict and evaluate the changes in project effects that will occur as a result of climate change that is likely to impact the local patterns of precipitation, runoff, evapo-transpiration and other meteorological patterns in two watershed in California.

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