McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
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: James B. Black; Pit 6; and Pit 7. 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 B. 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 State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) plans to prepare a subsequent environmental impact report (EIR) for the Project. On November 8, 2019, the State Water Board issued the Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND) and water quality certification (certification) for the Project. The Project is not changing. Instead, new information of substantial importance, which was not known and could not have been known with the exercise of reasonable diligence at the time the IS/ND was adopted, warrants preparation of a subsequent EIR to assess the Project’s effects in light of the new information. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15162(b).) More specifically, additional information regarding tribal cultural resources, which could not be developed prior to the adoption of the IS/ND due to the strict deadlines associated with issuing Section 401 water quality certifications, is now available to the State Water Board. The subsequent EIR will consider this new information in reviewing the potential impacts of the Project and measures for mitigation of impacts determined to be significant.

Contact Information

Savannah Downey
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board
Job Title
Environmental Scientis
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Shasta, Siskiyou
Citywide, Countywide, Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Hwy 299, Hwy 89
McCloud River, Iron Canyon Creek, Pit River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Power:Hydroelectric (Megawatts 368)
Local Actions
Clean Water Act 401 water quality certification
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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