Camp Far West Hydroelectric Relicensing Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
South Sutter Water District
Document Title
Camp Far West Hydroelectric Relicensing Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
South Sutter Water District (SSWD) owns and operates the Camp Far West Hydroelectric Project (Project) located in Yuba, Nevada, and Placer Counties on the Bear River. The Project consists of a single development that primarily includes Camp Far West Dam and associated reservoir, and powerhouse. The Project seasonally stores and releases water to meet irrigation demands of SSWD and Camp Far West Irrigation District and to generate power. The Project has a total dependable generation capacity of 6.8 megawatts. SSWD is seeking a new license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a term of 50 years to continue operating the Project. In addition to continued operations, SSWD proposes five changes to existing Project facilities: (1) raising Camp Far West Dam’s spillway crest by five feet (ft), which would allow the normal maximum water surface elevation of Camp Far West Reservoir to increase by five ft from an elevation of 300 ft to an elevation of 305 ft; (2) modifying Project recreation facilities to replace or rehabilitate locations impacted by the pool raise; (3) adding an existing Project road to the FERC license; (4) modifying the FERC boundary to add areas necessary for Project operations, and to remove 189.7 acres that are no longer necessary for Project operations; and (5) implementing a new flow regime and additional environmental and recreation measures.

Contact Information

Derek Wadsworth
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board
Job Title
Water Resource Control Engineer
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Nevada, Placer, Yuba
Citywide, Countywide, Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Camp Far West Road and McCourtney Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
Bear River, Rock Creek, Little Wolf Creek, Camp Far West Reservoir
Other Location Info
The Proposed Project is located along the Bear River 6.5 miles east of the City of Wheatland.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
County Clerks
Nevada, Placer, Yuba
Final Environmental Document Available at
The location listed for the Lead Agency: South Sutter Water District, 2464 Pacific Ave, Trowbridge, CA 95659 and at SWRCB’s record of project approval as Responsible Agency is available at SWRCB’s office: 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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