Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021040375
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Received
Present Land Use
Housing, Business, Public/Institutional, Industrial, and Open Space/Wilderness

Document Description
The State Water Resources Control Board is preparing to issue a Draft Environmental Impact Report for The Nevada Hydro Company's proposed Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage (LEAPS) Project. The LEAPS Project would be located on Lake Elsinore and San Juan Creek and the surrounding area in Riverside and San Diego Counties, near the city of Lake Elsinore, California. The LEAPS Project would occupy approximately 845 acres of the Cleveland National Forest. The LEAPS Project would be operated as a pump storage project. Pumped storage projects move water between two reservoirs located at different elevations (i.e., an upper and lower reservoirs) to store energy and generate electricity. The proposed LEAPS Project involves construction of new Decker Canyon reservoir (upper reservoir) and use of the existing Lake Elsinore (lower reservoir). The powerhouse for the proposed LEAPS Project would include two, single-stage reversible pump-turbine units, with a total installed capacity of 500 megawatts (MW). The Project would generate an average of 1,560,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually.

Contact Information
Chase Hildeburn
Water Resource Control Engineer
Lead/Public Agency
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 323-0358
chase.hildeburn@waterboards.ca.gov

Location

Coordinates
33°39'2.3"N 117°21'48.7"W
Cities
Corona Escondido Lake Elsinore Oceanside San Diego
Counties
Riverside San Diego
Regions
Southern California
Cross Streets
Grand Avenue and Santa Rosa Drive
Zip
92530
Total Acres
3432
Jobs
500
State Highways
SR-74, SR-14, I-15
Schools
Lakeland Village School, Lakeside High School, Mountainside Acad
Waterways
Lake Elsinore, San Juan Creek
Section
13

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Hydroelectric (Megawatts 500)
Local Action
Water Quality Certification
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Economics/Jobs Energy Flood Plain/Flooding 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 Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Utilities/Service Systems Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
LEAPS_DEIR_NOP   PDF 613 K NOP Form   PDF 139 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
NOC_signed   PDF 320 K
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]
2021040375_CDFW Comment   PDF 354 K 2021040375_NAHC Comment   PDF 266 K

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