Phoenix Hydroelectric Project

Summary

SCH Number
2022060644
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Phoenix Hydroelectric Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Received
Document Description
The Phoenix Project is an existing hydroelectric facility owned and operated by PG&E, located in the foothills of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada on the Stanislaus River in Tuolumne County, California (Figure 2-1). The hydropower facility has a capacity of 2.0- megawatts (MW) with a licensed authorized installed capacity of 1.6 MW. The Phoenix Project was first licensed by FERC in 1930, and the current license was issued in 1992. The existing Phoenix Project and the Proposed Project facilities consist of the Lyons Dam and Reservoir on the South Fork Stanislaus River (SFSR), a cushion dam approximately 80-feet downstream of Lyons Dam, the Main Tuolumne Canal (MTC), the Phoenix Header Box (Forebay), Phoenix Powerhouse, and a penstock (Figure 2-1). The Phoenix Powerhouse is located at the upper end of the Tuolumne Water System, a domestic water supply system owned by Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD). Water is delivered from the Phoenix Project to TUD at multiple locations along the MTC and downstream of the Phoenix Powerhouse, which drains into the PG&E Phoenix Reservoir. The Phoenix Project is operated by PG&E for power generation and distribution of electricity to the local grid and to meet the water needs of TUD. PG&E is not currently proposing to add capacity or make any major modifications to the existing facility or its operations. The total drainage area of the SFSR upstream of Lyons Dam is 67.2 square miles. The total Stanislaus River watershed, including the South, Middle, and North forks, encompass 997.8 square miles. The SFSR downstream of Lyons Dam flows from an elevation of approximately 4,200-feet above mean sea level (msl) at the dam to approximately 1,110-feet msl at New Melones Reservoir. The drainage is narrow and in rugged terrain with few access roads. Scattered riparian vegetation occurs along the river, with chaparral and oak woodland on the hillslopes, transitioning to conifer forest at higher elevations.

Contact Information

Name
Eric Bradbury
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Sonora
Counties
Tuolumne
Regions
Northern California
Cross Streets
Lyons Reservoir Road and State Highway 108
Zip
95383
Total Acres
332.21
Waterways
South Fork Stanislaus River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, 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, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Power:Hydroelectric (Megawatts 1.6)
Local Actions
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Relicensing
Project Issues
Energy, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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