Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 2687 - 401 Water Qaulity Certification, Condition 13

Summary

SCH Number
2014068238
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 2687 - 401 Water Qaulity Certification, Condition 13
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/13/2014

Document Description
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) operates the Project, FERC No. 2687, for which FERC issued a new operating license on March 19, 2003. The FERC license for the Project includes the State Water Resources Control Board's 401 water quality certification that requires PG&E to release flushing flows from the Pit 1 Forebay Dam to control nuisance aquatic vegetation and mosquito production in Fall River Pond. This Project is for the temporary suspension of flushing flows required under Condition 13 of the Project's water quality certification in order to protect the Shasta crayfish, which was listed as endangered under both the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts in 1988. The Project impounds water to feed the Pit 1 powerhouse, which operates as a parking plant to help PG&E meet daily load swings. The Pit 1 forebay is a 222-acre impoundment immediately above the 0.7 mile long Fall River Pond.

Contact Information
Peter Barnes
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 2000
Sacramento, CA 95812

Phone : (916) 445-9989

Location

Counties
Shasta

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15307, Class 7
Reasons for Exemption
The temporary suspension of flushing flows for one additional year will not have a significant adverse effect and is categorically exempt from the requirements to prepare environmental documents under CA Code of Regulations section 15307 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources). The continued suspension of flushing flows is being implemented to protect the endangered Shasta crayfish.
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