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YCWA Relicensing Website

Public Website for the Relicensing of the Yuba River Development Project FERC No. 2246.

Welcome to Yuba County Water Agency's (YCWA) Yuba River Development Project Relicensing Public Website. This is an information resource for parties interested in the relicensing of YCWA's Yuba River Development Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Project No. 2246 (Project).

 The Project

The Project is located on Yuba River, Middle Yuba River and Oregon Creek in Yuba County, California, and consists of 1 reservoir (New Bullards Bar on the North Yuba River), 2 diversion dams (Our House Diversion Dam on the Middle Yuba River and Log Cabin Diversion Dam on Oregon Creek), 3 powerhouses (New Colgate, Fish Release and Narrows No. 2) and various recreation facilities and appurtenant facilities. The installed capacity of the Project is 361.9 megawatts.

 The License

The initial FERC license for the Project expires April 30, 2016. YCWA intends to apply to FERC for a new license (Relicensing) using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), as described in Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subchapter B, Part 5. Consistent with these regulations, YCWA intends to file with FERC a notice of intent to apply for a new license (NOI) and a Pre-application Document (PAD) after November 1, 2010 but no later than April 30, 2011. YCWA plans to file an application for new license by April 30, 2014.

 The Relicensing Process

YCWA enters the Yuba River Hydroelectric Project Relicensing (Relicensing) with the expressed goal of obtaining a new license with minimal adverse impact to Project economics, while helping to foster YCWA’s relationship with the community, resource agencies, and other interested parties.  YCWA desires to obtain a new license of maximum term for the Project at a minimum cost (both initially and ongoing) that allows the Project to maximize profits from the production of electrical power while also meeting environmental, recreational, irrigation and other non-power requirements and needs.

 The Site Purpose

The purposes of the Yuba River Development Project Relicensing Public Website are to make available to federal, state and local agencies; non-governmental organizations; and individual members of the public who may be interested in the Relicensing: 1) documents and material developed by YCWA during the Relicensing; and 2) information regarding the Yuba River Development Project Relicensing proceeding. The index to your left is divided into sections related to the Relicensing proceeding, and is periodically updated by YCWA. Click on the item in which you are interested. Please note that much of the information on this Public Website is in portable document format (pdf) or similar format, and some items appear blank until information is completed or published.

 Current Events Summary

4/22/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Attempt to Reach Agreement on Some Measures (JML to Propose Which Ones Well Before Meeting); and Check-in on Haz. Mat, Bats, and Bald Eagle Plans Attachment
As agreed, the agenda, besides the normal items (e.g., introductions and schedule status) includes: 1) attempting to reach agreement on some measures, which YCWA will propose prior to the meeting; 2) check in on the Bat Management Plan, which YCWA distributed...
4/23/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: CANCELLED Agenda TBD 
4/30/2014 2:00 PM   Latest Date that YCWA Can File with FERC an Application for a New License 
5/13/2014 9:30 AM   Process Team Meeting 
5/13/2014 11:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Attempt to Reach Agreement on OH and LC Minimum Flows Agenda TBD  
5/14/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Recreation  
5/16/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Recreation  
5/28/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Attempt to Reach Agreement on Erosion Plan and Streamflow Monitoring Plan; & TBD 
5/29/2014 9:30 AM   TENTATIVE - Relicensing Participants Meeting: Agenda TBD 
6/10/2014 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Attempt to Reach Agreement on Bald Eagle Plan (continuation of 3/26 mtg); and Agenda TBD  
At the 3/26 meeting, agenices said they would redline the Bald Eagle Plan and get it to YCWA.
(More Events...)


  Yuba County Water Agency Web Site
  Lower Yuba River Accord Information including EIR/EIS