The project consists of seven developments located on the Rubicon River, Silver Creek, and South Fork American River in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. The seven developments are:
1. Loon Lake: includes seven dams (Rubicon Dam, Buck Island Dam and other auxiliary dams), three reservoirs (Rubicon Reservoir, Buck Island Reservoir, and Loon Lake Reservoir), three power tunnels, a penstock, a powerhouse, and two transmission lines.
2. Robbs Peak: includes two dams (Gerle Creek Dam and Robbs Peak Dam), two reservoirs (Gerle Creek Reservoir and Robbs Peak Reservoir), a power canal, two tunnels, a penstock and powerhouse, and a transmission line.
3. Jones Fork: includes three dams (Ice House Dam and dikes), the Ice House reservoir, a power tunnel, penstock and powerhouse, and transmission line.
4. Union Valley: includes Union Valley Dam and Union Valley reservoir, power tunnel, penstock and powerhouse, and two transmission lines.
5. Jaybird: includes the Junction Dam), the Junction Reservoir, power tunnel, penstock and powerhouse, and transmission line.
6. Camino: includes the Camino Dam and Brush Creek Dam, the Camino Reservoir and Brush Creek Reservoir, tunnels that feed water from the reservoirs into a single penstock and powerhouse, and two transmission lines.
7. Slab Creek/White Rock: includes a dam (Slab Creek Dam), a reservoir(Slab Creek Reservoir), two penstocks and powerhouses, and three transmission lines.
The new license issued on July 23, 2014 authorizes continued operation of the seven projects and construction of a new 400 MW Iowa Hill pumped storage project.
On February 1, 2007, SMUD and PG&E filed a comprehensive Settlement Agreement (Settlement) related to relicensing both the Upper American and Chili Bar Projects.
Signators to the Settlement were: American Whitewater, American River Recreation Association, BLM, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Fish and Wildlife, California Outdoors, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Camp Lotus, Foothill Conservancy, Forest Service, Friends of the River, FWS, Interior, U.S. National Park Service, PG&E, Rich Platt, Hilde Schweitzer, Theresa Simsiman, and SMUD.
Threatened/endangered: Am. bald eagle, CA red-legged frog, Valley elderberry longhorn beatle, Layne's butterweed, Foothill Yellow-legged frog, trout
Recreational values: Crystal Basin rec. area, whitewater on South Fork American River