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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 has followed FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), as described in Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subchapter B, Part 5, to prepare an application for a new license. Major filings by YCWA have included: 1) a Notice of Intent to File an Application for a New License, filed on November 5, 2010; 2) a Pre-Application Document (PAD), filed on November 5, 2010; 3) a Proposed Study Plan, filed on April 19, 2011; 4) a Revised Study Plan, filed on August 17, 2011; 5) an Initial Study Report, filed on December 3, 2012; 6) an Updated Study Report, filed on December 3, 2013; 7) a Draft Application for a New License Major Project – Existing Dam, filed on December 3, 2013; and 8) a Final Application for a New License Major Project – Existing Dam, filed on April 28, 2014. Each of these YCWA filings can be found under “Relicensing Documents” on the Quick Launch bar to the left.

 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

3/10/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: YCWA Report on RPs Next Model Run; and Continue 2/24 Discussion Regarding OH and LC Tunnels Periodic Closures 

RPs to provide proposed next model run to YCWA by 2/27; YCWA to make run an dprovide results at 3/11 meeting

3/11/2015 9:30 AM   Process Team Meeting 
Be sure to check potential conflict with AFS meeting
3/11/2015 12:00 PM   FERC CALL: Telemetry Study  Attachment
3/11/2015 1:00 PM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Attempt to Reach Agreement on Annual Mtg (GEN1), Employee Training (GEN3) and Coordinated Operations Plan (GEN4); and Continue 1/28 Discussion of LWM (NBB)  Attachment
- For the near term, YCWA and RPs have agreed to work on the LWM issue collaboratively as a comprehensive plan for the whole Project area.  As we get closer to YCWA’s timeframe for working on a license application amendment, we will revisit...
3/12/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Discuss Integrated Vegetation Management Plan (TR1) - Follow-up from 12/8 and 2/2 meetings 
3/24/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: CANCELLED Agenda TBD 
3/25/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Recreation - Revise Rec Plan: Report on Parking Numbers; Follow-up from 2/25 Meeting; and Scheduling 
3/30/2015 2:00 PM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Review Comments by RPs on YCWA's Response to FERC Letter on Entrainment;  
YCWA to provide draft letter to RPs by 3/6; RPs to provide comments on draft letter to YCWA by 3/13; and YCWA and RPs meet to review comments on 3/30.
4/8/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: Try to Reach Agreement on OH and LC Sediment Management Plan (GS2) 
RPs provide redline of Sediment Management Plan to YCWA about 10 days before the meeting.  Note that sediment flow triggers, etc. were agreed on 1/27. 
4/14/2015 9:30 AM   Relicensing Participants Meeting: RPs Presentation of Proposal on Flow Requirements Below Englebright (WR3, AR3 and TE4); Continue 2/24 Discussion of RP's Proposed NBB Sediment Injection; and Check-in on Status of AIS Plan 
(More Events...)


  Yuba County Water Agency Web Site
  Lower Yuba River Accord Information including EIR/EIS
  State Water Resources Control Board - Yuba River Development Project webpage