Chili Bar Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 2155

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Chili Bar Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 2155
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The El Dorado County General Plan land use designation of the project area is Natural Resource, OS, RR. Zoning of the project area is Residential Agricultural 20 acre lots and 40-acre lots (RA-20 and RA-40).

Document Description
The proposed project is issuance of water quality certification for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the existing Chili Bar Hydroelectric Project (Project), which began operation in 1965 and has been operating since the pursuant to its existing project license. Chili Bar is located on the South Fork of the American River immediately downstream of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD's) Upper American River Project, near Placerville. The Chili Bar Project facilities consist of: (1) a concrete gravity dam that is 126 feet high and 380 feet long with a dam spillway that is 170 feet long with a crest elevation of 997.5 feet NGVD located 31 feet below the crest of the dam; (2) a reservoir with a surface area of 110 acres and a useable storage capacity of 1,339 acre-feet at a normal operating minimum elevation of 984 feet NGVD; and (3) a powerhouse that is 80 s.f. containing a single turbine unit with a normal maximum gross head of 60 feet, a maximum hydraulic capacity of 1,979 cubic feet per second, and an installed capacity of seven megawatts. There is no project transmission line because the 21-kilovolt switchyard connects directly to the local distribution grid.

Contact Information
Jennifer Watts
State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights
1001 I Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : 916 341 53997


38°46'4.46"N 120°49'11.40"W
El Dorado
Cross Streets
SR 193/Georgetown Road and South Fork Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
084-030-02 thru -09, -40, -41, 084-120-02, -09 thru -11, -44, -47, 089-020-12, -13, 089-170-05,
State Highways
South Fork of the American River
25, 30
Other Information
Parcel No. Cont.: 089-170-06 Section Cont.: 31, 36

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Water Quality Certification
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 3 California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency

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