Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project (Spring Gap Project) and Beardsley/Donnells Hydroelectric Project (Beardsley Project)

Summary

SCH Number
2014058024
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Spring Gap-Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project (Spring Gap Project) and Beardsley/Donnells Hydroelectric Project (Beardsley Project)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
PG&E operates the Spring Gap Project, FERC Project No. 2130, for which FERC issued a new operating license on January 13, 2010. The FERC license for the Project includes the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Water Board's) certification, which requires PG&E to release supplemental flows below Sand Bar Diversion Dam to mimic a natural hydrograph in that reach of the MFSR. Tri Dam's Beardsley Project, FERC Project No. 2005 was issued a new operating license on January 30, 2006, with a State Water Board certification that requries both supplemenal flows in the MFSR below Donnells Reservoir (Condition 7) and coordinated operations with the Spring Gap Project. This proposed action is for the temporary suspension of supplemental flows required under certification Conditions 3 and 7 of the respective Project's certifications in order to protect Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (FYLFs), which have a highly increased chance of breeding earlier than normal due to dry water year conditions.

Contact Information
Jeffrey Parks
State Water Resources Control Board
PO Box 2000
Sacramento, CA 95812

(916) 341-5280

Location

Counties
Tuolumne
Other Location Info
Strawberry

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15307, Class 7
Reasons for Exemption
The temporary suspension of supplemental and recreation flows for one year will not have a significant adverse effect.
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