El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) has applied for a temporary comsumptive water rights permit. EID proposes to divert up to 2.75 cfs from Alder Creek from February 4, 2002 to April 30, 2002 for incidental domestic and industrial uses. Water will be used to off set other water that would have been available for the Mill Creek-Bull Creek tunnel construction. EID is currently repairing an upstream section of the El Dorado Hydroelectric Project flume that would have provided consumptive water authorized under other rights held by EID. EID maintains an existing nonconsumptive water right of 15 cfs from December 1 through June 15 of each year from Alder Creek through its Alder Creek diversion for power purposes. EID proposed to use this source under the temporary permit and will not be diverting water for power generation during the term of the temporary permit. Water that is not used (up to 2.5 cfs) will be returned to the S.F. of the American River from EID spill gate #17.
The project involves the replacement and reconstruction of existing utility facilities involving no expansion in capacity. The project involves minor alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not result in significant loss of mature natural vegetation (e.g., unique habitat, mature scenic trees, riparian vegetation or marshlands). This project will not cause significant adverse impacts on any sensitive envrironment and will not result in significant cumulative impacts. The California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board have stated that the project, as proposed herin, will not impair instream benefical uses.
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