UT

Weber P-1744

General information

Waterway  Weber River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-1744
FERC project name Weber
Permit issued 6/23/90
Permit expiration 5/27/20

Ownership and operation

Owner PacifiCorp
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1911
Transmission or distribution system owner PacifiCorp

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 1
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 3.8 mW
Average annual net hydropower generation 13,169.9 mWH

American Whitewater spent several years participating in the relicensing of a hydropower dam on Utah’s Weber River that dewaters a stretch of whitewater known as the Scrambled Eggs run. In 2018 we reached an agreement with all parties calling for improved take-out access, as well as four pulse flow releases each year that support whitewater paddling and the river’s ecology. This agreement was core to the dam owner’s 2018 federal dam license application, which we supported in formal comments.

Local paddler and AW volunteer Charlie Vincent worked closely with American Whitewater staff on this project (thanks Charlie!). The potential outcomes on this project were tightly constrained by land ownership and management concerns, water rights, geography, hydrology, project economics, and a lack of reservoir storage.

A new license for the dam was issued on March 19, 2021, which includes provisions for 4 annual whitewater paddling releases, flow information, access, and fish passage.

Text from the American Whitewater website

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