Negative Declaration for the Geysers Power Company, LLC, Riparian and Small Streams Diversion
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
The area contains an abundance of natural resources, including geothermal steam, construction aggregates, and water for domestic and agricultural use. While the principle land uses for the project area are geothermal power production and open space, the region surrounding the geothermal development is rural residential with large vacant parcels of land and intensive agricultural uses in the valley floors. Nearby Lake Sonoma and the Russian River offer recreational opportunities. The Geysers production area is located within the Geysers-Calistoga Known Geothermal Resource Areas (KGRA) and is subject to the Cloverdale/ Northeast County planning area, delineated within the Sonoma County General Plan.
The proposed project consists of the diversion of 25.13 cubic feet per second (cfs) of surface water at 19 existing extraction points in the Big Sulphur Creek Squaw Creek drainage. Most of the diverted water will be injected into the reservoir for the steam recovery, and the project is expected to extend the life of the geothermal electricity production at The Geysers for 10 to 20 years. The project is located in the Big Sulphur Creek-Squaw Creek drainage at The Geysers in Sonoma County, approximately 25 miles northeast of Santa Rosa. The California Department of Fish and Game is executing a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement Number R3-2001-0806 pursuant to Section 1603 of the Fish and Game Code to the project operator, Kevin Cunningham/ Geysers Power Company, LLC.
(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
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