California

Agreement Paves Way For a Healthy Klamath River

A draft agreement, known as the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) that may lead to the removal of four Klamath River dams, was released earlier this week.

The Hydroelectric Agreement also includes provisions for the interim operation of the dams and the process to transfer, decommission, and remove the dams.

According to the Department of Interior, the Agreement lays out the process for additional studies, environmental review, and a decision by the Secretary of the Interior regarding whether:

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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