Feather River Bulletin Public Notices for the week of 2/13/19
Plumas County and SBTS are applying for CA OHV funds for ground operations and planning.
Feb. 13, 2019|
Poe Hydroelectric Project
FERC Project No. 2107
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on December 17, 2018, issued a new license to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for continued operation of the Poe Hydroelectric Project (Project). The Project is located in Butte County, California on the North Fork of the Feather River. The new license has been issued for a period of 40 years, expiring in 2058, and balances the beneficial use of project affected resources, including hydroelectric power generation, environmental protections, recreation, and legal and regulatory responsibilities, consistent with current social priorities. The Project consists of a small reservoir and dam, a tunnel and a powerhouse, and occupies lands within the Plumas National Forest and administered by the U.S. Forest Service. For the production of electricity at the Project powerhouse, the Project diverts up to about 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of flow from the North Fork Feather River at the Poe dam to the Poe powerhouse.
Minimum Water Releases
The new license requires PG&E to provide minimum instream flows below Poe dam. Minimum streamflows are planned to begin on or around February 13. Depending on the water-year type and the season, minimum flows will vary between 180 cfs to 500 cfs.
For the preservation and improvement of aquatic resources in the Project area, PG&E is required to control river flows by ramping streamflow releases from Poe Dam. Up-Ramping Maximum: October 1 through February 28/29 – 400 cfs/hour up-ramp and March 1 through September 30 – 250 cfs/hour up-ramp. Down-Ramping Maximum: Year-Round – 150 cfs/hour down-ramp Special conditions apply for receding spill flows.
Licensee shall provide 6,000 acre-feet of water annually during Normal and Wet water years for the purpose of providing recreational boating flows in the Poe reach.
Recreation enhancement and construction will include:
- Sandy Beach – improvements to parking area, installation of portable toilets and trash receptacles, construction of trail to beach area from parking area.
- Poe Beach – rope guided trail with stairs
- Poe Powerhouse – provide additional parking and a trail on the east side of the river
- Bardees Bar – install a vault toilet, picnic table, and garbage facilities.
If you have any questions regarding the recreational aspects of the Poe Project, please contact Matt Joseph, Senior License Coordinator, at (415) 973-8616.
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019|
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE
GENESEE VALLEY WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
NOTICE is given that a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared setting forth the findings that the following proposed action, Genesee Valley Watershed Improvement Project, will have a less than significant adverse effect on the environment. The project area is located between 4 and 11 miles east of Taylorsville, CA on public and private lands and includes proposed treatments in each of these areas: Township 25N Range 11 E Sect. 5-8; Township 25 N Range 11 E Sect. 2-3 and Township 26 N Range 11 E Sect. 34-35; Township 25 N Range 11 E Sect. 1, 11-12. USGS 7.5 quads Genesee and Taylorsville. Mount Diablo Base Meridian (MDBM). Proposed treatments are hand-thin up to 10 inches DBH, pile, pile burn, and broadcast burn up to 839 acres.
This document is proposed to be adopted and has been filed with the Feather River Resource Conservation District (RCD). It is now available for inspection and review at the Feather River RCD office, 159 Lawrence St. Quincy, CA and online at www.frrcd.org/resources. The 30-day review period for this Mitigated Negative Declaration is from February 13, 2019 through March 15, 2019. Written comments concerning this document will be accepted through the last day of the review period. Public comments regarding the correctness, completeness, or adequacy of this Mitigated Negative Declaration are invited. Such comments should be based on specific environmental concerns. Comments supporting specific goals and actions proposed under this project are also welcome. Any comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration/ Initial Study must be received at the above FRRCD address or email below within the public review period.
For further information on this, contact: Brad Graevs, Feather River RCD, (530)283-7513, P.O. Box 3562, Quincy, CA 95971. [email protected]
Published IVR, FRB
Feb. 13, 2019|