Chili Bar Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 2155
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).
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.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2California Department of Parks and RecreationCalifornia Department of Transportation, District 3California Highway PatrolCalifornia Native American Heritage CommissionCalifornia Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 Central Valley Flood Protection BoardDepartment of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Water ResourcesOffice of Historic PreservationResources Agency
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