Yuba River Development Project FERC Relicensing


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Yuba County Water Agency
Document Title
Yuba River Development Project FERC Relicensing
Document Type
NOI - Notice of Intent
Present Land Use
Forest, Timberland Preserve, Agricultural, Rural Residential, Rural, Recreational
Document Description
Notice of Intent to Rely on FERC/USACE Final Environmental Impact Statement, in Combination with a Supplemental Analysis, to Satisfy CEQA for the Yuba River Development Project Relicensing The Yuba River Development Project (FERC No. 2246) is located in Yuba, Sierra, and Nevada Counties, California. The project comprises three developments—New Colgate, New Bullards Bar Minimum Flow, and Narrows 2—with a combined capacity of 361.9 megawatts and generates an average of about 1,418 gigawatt-hours of energy annually. The project affects 7,815.2 acres: 4,416.7 acres within the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; 16.1 acres that are administered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers associated with the Englebright Dam and Reservoir; 20.1 acres owned by the State of California; 3,149.3 acres managed by the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA); and 213 acres of privately-owned land. The YCWA proposes to implement measures to protect and enhance environmental conditions. YCWA proposes to maintain all existing facilities with modifications to project operation, including increased capacities of outlets to accommodate proposed increased minimum flows. Also, YCWA proposes to add (1) the New Bullards Bar Dam auxiliary flood control outlet and (2) the New Colgate Powerhouse tailwater depression system.

Contact Information

John James
Agency Name
Yuba Water Agency
Job Title
Director of Resource Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Grass Valley, Loyalton, Marysville, Nevada City, Truckee, Wheatland
Nevada, Sierra, Yuba
Total Acres
State Highways
49, 20
Nevada County Airport
Yuba Feather Elementary, Foothill Intermediate School
Yuba River, North Yuba River, Middle Yuba River, Oregon Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, 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 Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, 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
Development Types
Power:Hydroelectric (Megawatts 361.9)
Local Actions
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, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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