El Dorado Cloud Seeding Program Expansion

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2017052041
Lead Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
El Dorado Cloud Seeding Program Expansion
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received

Document Description
SMUD is proposing to expand its El Dorado Cloud Seeding Program, which would increase SMUD's current cloud seeding area from 190 square miles to approx 444 square miles of the Upper American River watershed, primarily in El Dorado County. The expanded target area would be treated with silver iodide nuclei dispersed by stationery ground-based units, aircraft, and mobile units transported to selected sites. The program is designed to produce localized increases in snowfall and subsequent snowmelt over a larger area of the watershed of SMUD's Upper American River Project. Like SMUD's current cloud seeding program, the proposed project would focus on the watersheds of Ice House, Union Valley, and Loon Lake reservoirs and their hydropower facilities in El Dorado County. The proposed project would also include the South Fork American River watershed that drains to Slab Creek Reservoir and its associated hydropower facilities.

Contact Information
Jerry Park
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
P.O. Box 15830 MS H201
Sacramento, CA 95852-1830

(916) 732-7406

Location

Counties
Placer El Dorado Amador Alpine
Cross Streets
444 s.m. in Eldorado National Forest
Parcel #
various
State Highways
50, 88
Schools
various
Waterways
Various
Other Location Info
Kyburz, Meyers

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (expanding existing cloud seeding target area)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: cloud seeding
Project Issues
Other Issues Cumulative Effects Landuse Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Recreation/Parks Public Services Population/Housing Balance Noise Minerals Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Drainage/Absorption Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Agricultural Land Aesthetic/Visual Other Issues: GHG
Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 3 N Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Central Valley Flood Protection Board Delta Protection Commission Delta Stewardship Council Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 2 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Sacramento) Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
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