The Project is a requirement of the Big Creek 4 Hydroelectric Project water quality certification . The purpose of the Project is to provide consistent whitewater boating opportunities while promoting the native aquatic species assemblage in the Horseshoe Bend Reach of the San Joaquin River (i.e ., Project bypass reach). The Project prescribes whitewater boating flows, down ramping of flows, and monitoring of aquatic biota, water temperature, instream flow, and meteorological conditions.
The Project is located on the San Joaquin River, approximately five miles north of Auberry in Fresno and Madera counties.
Notice of Exemption
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Reasons for Exemption
The Class 1 categorical exemption applies because the Project involves minor operational alterations to an existing facility with no construction or expansion of use. The Project involves flow prescriptions and ramping rates from Dam 7 into the San Joaquin River for the benefit of aquatic species and recreation. The Class 6 exemption applies to the long-term monitoring, which will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. There is no reasonable possibility that the Project will have a significant effect due to unusual circumstances.