McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
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
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Shasta, Siskiyou
Cross Streets
Hwy 299, Hwy 89
McCloud River, Iron Canyon Creek, Pit River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
Development Types
Power (Hydropower)(Megawatts 368)
Local Actions
CWA 401
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Utilities & Svc. Sys.
State Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects, Cal Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Emergency Services, California, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water


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