Filing of Notice of Determination in compliance with Section 21108 of the Public Resources Code. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (collectively Licensees) operate South SWP Hydropower under an existing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license that is an existing power recovery project consisting of hydroelectric facilities, access roads, maintenance areas, recreation areas, rights-of-way, and other supporting facilities. The FERC license is scheduled to expire in 2022 and the Licensees used the Integrated Licensing Process in seeking a new license from FERC pursuant to the Federal Power Act and FERC’s implementing regulations at 18 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 4 and 5.
The proposed Project is the continued operation of South SWP Hydropower under a new FERC license in accordance with the terms and conditions as proposed by the Licensees in the Final License Application, as amended. Under the proposed Project, the Licensees' proposed changes to the existing South SWP Hydropower include an administrative modification to the existing project boundary, resulting in an overall reduction in land area designated in the license that encompasses all existing facilities and lands necessary for operations of South SWP Hydropower; administrative designation of Primary Project Roads currently maintained by the Licensees that are used exclusively for accessing South SWP Hydropower facilities; administrative addition of an existing lake level gage, Quail Detention Embankment, and Los Alamos Campground into the license and proposed Project boundary; administrative removal of the Southern California Edison-owned Warne Transmission Line from the license Project description; and implementation of potential FERC-required protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures, which are environmental enhancement measures that include such measures as upgrades to existing recreation facilities, vegetation management, protections for plant, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species, cultural resources protection and management, and other environmental measures.