McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project

Summary

SCH Number
2019059010
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Received
Project Applicant
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Present Land Use
Open space, public land, timber/ timber production, unclassified

Document Description
The McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project (Project) is owned and operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The Project is located on the McCloud River, Iron Canyon Creek, and Pit River, in Shasta and Siskiyou counties, California. The 368-megawatt Project consists of three power-generating developments. These developments collectively include two storage reservoirs (McCloud and Iron Canyon}, two regulating reservoirs (Pit 6 and Pit 7), one afterbay (Pit 7), three powerhouses (James 8. Black, Pit 6, and Pit 7), five dams (Pit 6, Pit 7, Pit 7 Afterbay, Iron Canyon, and McCloud), two tunnels, and associated equipment and transmission facilities. The average annual energy generated between 1987 and 2016 from the James 8. Black, Pit 6, and Pit 7 Powerhouses was 629.9, 341.2, and 470.3 gigawatt-hours, respectively. Forty-five percent of the Project lands are owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management; 33 percent are owned by PG&E; and 22 percent are privately held. For purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis, the Project being considered by the State Water Resources Control Board for water quality certification (certification) includes PG&E's Proposed Project, as described in PG&E's final license application to FERC on July 15, 2009, which includes: continued operation of the existing Project and improvements to recreational facilities; USFS conditions provided pursuant to section 4(e) of the Federal Power Act; FERC's final Environmental Impact Statement staff alternatives developed under the National Environmental Policy Act; and conditions of the certification necessary to protect water quality and beneficial uses.

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

Phone : (916) 322-1585

Location

Cities
McCloud
Counties
Shasta Siskiyou
Cross Streets
Hwy 299, Hwy 89
Zip
96057
Waterways
McCloud River, Iron Canyon Creek, Pit River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power (Hydropower)(368 Watts)
Local Action
CWA 401
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Utilities & Svc. Sys.
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, District 2 Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1 Department of Toxic Substances Control Native American Heritage Commission Office of Emergency Services, California Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Redding) Resources Agency State Lands Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

Attachments

Environmental Document
McCloud-Pit_Draft_ISND_20190430   PDF 3917 K Summary Form   PDF 983 K
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