Middle Fork Surge Shaft Rehabilitation


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Placer County Water Agency
Document Title
Middle Fork Surge Shaft Rehabilitation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This maintenance project on PCWA's Middle Fork of the American River hydroelectric (hydro) system is intended to rehabilitate the existing cracked concrete surge shaft lining. One of the benefits of this repair work should be the significant reduction of the flow of water leaking from the cracked surge shaft. The surge shaft is a ten foot diameter, 600 foot deep, vertical concrete-lined shaft, installed about 1965, which provides a pressure relief vent for the Middle Fork power tunnel. The power tunnel is a critical feature of the 217 megawatt hydro system. As part of the maintenance project, PCWA and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a partner in the hydro system, plan to install an eight foot diameter circular steel liner in the existing shaft, then fill the gap between the steel liner and the existing lining with concrete. During construction, the hydro system will not be in operation, and the surge shaft will be partially full of water. All necessary measures will be taken to ensure that water quality is protected. The project is planned to begin in the Fall of 2004, and is expected to take two to three months. The primary beneficiaries of the project will be the people of Placer County and the customers of PCWA and PG&E.

Contact Information
Jon Mattson
Placer County Water Agency
P.O. Box 667
Foresthill, CA 95631

Phone : (530) 885-6917



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of the operation, repair, and maintenance of an existing structure, and involves no expansion of use beyond that previously existing. With proposed safeguards, the project has no significant chance of damage to the environment. The project is necessary to maintain safe and efficient operation of the power generation and water supply system.

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