New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve Upper American River Hydroelectric Project (UARP), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2015072021
Lead Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve Upper American River Hydroelectric Project (UARP), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
SMUD proposes to construct and operate the New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Release Valve Project. The Project is located just below Slab Creek Dam on the South Fork American River , in El Dorado County, approx. 50 miles east of Sacramento, and three miles north of the town of Camino. The Project involves the addition of a new powerhouse and boating flow release valve to comply with the minimum instream and recreation flow requirements specified in the UARP water quality certification issued by the State Water Board on October 4, 2013. The Project also intends to increase SMUD's overall renewable energy production. With a proposed capacity of 2.7 megawatts (MW), the new powerhouse will, on average, generate approx. 10.5 gigawatt-hours of hydroelectric power per year. The new powerhouse will be located at the base of Slab Creek Dam. Additionally, the Project includes three environmental measures. The lower Iowa Canyon Creek will be returned to a more natural grade to allow surface flow and connectivity to assist unimpeded movement of aquatic species between Iowa Canyon Creek and the South Fork American River. Habitat improvements will also help ensure minimum streamflow releases express as surface flow and provide riffle habitat. Gravel augmentation in the 0.25-mile reach just below Slab Creek Dam will enhance trout spawning habitat.

Contact Information
Kristen Gangl
SWRCB
1001 I Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-323-9389

Location

Coordinates
38°46'16.43"N 120°42'13.84"W
Counties
El Dorado
Zip
95709
Total Acres
24.42
State Highways
Hwy 50
Other Location Info
Camino

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
SWRCB
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
1001 I Street, 14th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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