Category Archives: Hydroelectric (FERC)

CSPA and Coalition Seek Equal Protection for Fish

Many owners of hydroelectric projects use jurisdictional uncertainty to avoid improving conditions for fish. Operators of power projects that also deliver water for irrigation or drinking water deny responsibility for streamflows if they can peg a reach of stream to … Continue reading

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CSPA and Coalition Press for Upper Yuba Improvements

CSPA and the Foothills Water Network coalition filed 100 pages of comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the FERC relicensing of the Yuba-Bear and Drum-Spaulding hydroelectric projects. The comments, filed August 22, 2013, culminate 5 years of work … Continue reading

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CSPA and Allies Seek Supplemental DEIS on Yuba River Hydroelectric Projects

CSPA, Trout Unlimited and American Rivers filed a motion on June 21 that asks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to account for the reintroduction of anadromous fish in the South Yuba and Middle Yuba rivers. The motion asks FERC … Continue reading

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CSPA and Conservation Allies Issue Support for Water Quality Certification on Butte Creek

CSPA and several conservation allies submitted comments today on the draft Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the DeSabla – Centerville hydroelectric project on Butte Creek. These comments express general support for the conditions proposed by the State Water … Continue reading

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State Water Board Certification Affirms CSPA’s 10-year Advocacy on Butte Creek

The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a draft Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the DeSabla – Centerville hydroelectric project on Butte Creek.  The draft Certification requires Pacific Gas & Electric Company to construct a water temperature … Continue reading

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CSPA and conservation allies fight for fish passage past Tuolumne River dams

For the past five years, CSPA and allied conservation groups have been stymied in efforts to require study of fish passage in important hydropower relicensings in California. Licensees on the Merced and Tuolumne rivers have argued that their own agricultural … Continue reading

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CSPA and Coalition Press Forest Service on Middle and South Yuba Rivers

CSPA and fellow members of the Foothills Water Network coalition have pressed the Forest Service to protect cold water fisheries in the Middle and South Yuba rivers. In a filing with the Forest Service for the Yuba-Bear hydroelectric project and … Continue reading

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CSPA and Coalition Seek Cold Water in Middle and South Yuba Rivers

CSPA and fellow members of the Foothills Water Network coalition have called for more summer flow in the South Yuba and Middle Yuba rivers to support cold water fisheries. In Comments and Recommendations for the coordinated relicensing of the Yuba-Bear … Continue reading

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Study of Summer Whitewater Releases and Macroinvertebrates Finds Little Effect

A just-completed study that included two seasons of field sampling on the North Fork Feather River and two years of analysis shows no ecosystem-level effect of limited summer whitewater boating releases on aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects). The study was designed by … Continue reading

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Major Victory for CSPA: East Bay MUD Abandons Plan To Raise Pardee Dam

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District has thrown in the towel and will no longer pursue a plan to raise Pardee Dam. Pardee Dam, which backs up the Mokelumne River in Amador and Calaveras counties, creates Pardee Reservoir, EBMUD’s largest … Continue reading

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CSPA to FERC: The Standard License Reopener is Always Closed

Statement of Chris Shutes, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, on the reality of standard reopeners in hydropower licenses Before the Study Dispute Panel, Yuba River Development Project (P-2246,Yuba County Water Agency) relicensing proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Sacramento, California, … Continue reading

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CSPA and Allies Comment on Don Pedro Studies

CSPA and a coalition of fishing and conservation groups have filed extensive comments on the Proposed Study Plan for the relicensing of the Don Pedro hydroelectric project on the Tuolumne River. The comments by “Conservation Groups” call for modification of … Continue reading

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Mass Frog Mortality on NF Feather River

PG&E operators on the North Fork Feather River have destroyed virtually all of 2011’s viable frog eggs on the NF Feather River below the Poe hydroelectric dam. On June 30, 2011, PG&E operators reduced the flow in the NF Feather … Continue reading

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CSPA Joins New Effort to Stop Pardee Dam Raise

Round two of the campaign to stop a raise of Pardee Dam has begun. In Jackson (Amador County) last night, CSPA presented scoping comments and accompanying photos, asking the East Bay Municipal Utilities District to remove the dam raise from … Continue reading

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PG&E to Study Mokelumne Water Temperatures Before Seeking Pumped Storage License

CSPA and the Foothill Conservancy have signed an agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that requires PG&E to model water temperatures in the Mokelumne River. PG&E must perform the modeling before it seeks a license to construct a pumped … Continue reading

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Water Board Ends 15 Years Of Study Delay By Merced Irrigation District

The State Water Resources Control Board has rebuffed an request by Merced Irrigation District to delay study of the impacts of its operations on the Merced River. The Board denied a stay of the implementation of Water Rights “Investigation” Order … Continue reading

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CSPA and 6 Allied Groups Defend Clean Water Act From Attack by Merced Irrigation District

March 24, 2011. CSPA and 6 allied conservation groups have vigorously supported the State Water Resources Control Board’s use of its Clean Water Act authority to require Merced Irrigation District to perform studies. The studies are needed in order for … Continue reading

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CSPA and Foothills Water Network Comment on Draft License Application for Yuba-Bear and Drum-Spaulding Hydroelectric Projects

February 1, 2011. The Foothills Water Network, a coalition of NGO’s in which CSPA plays a leading role, filed 80 pages of comments on the Draft License Applications for the Yuba-Bear and Drum-Spaulding hydroelectric projects. The projects, licensed to  Nevada … Continue reading

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CSPA and Allied Groups Comment on Merced Relicensing, Request Studies

January 31, 2011. CSPA and a five other conservation and fishing groups have commented on the Initial Study Report in the relicensing of the Merced River Project, and submitted seven requests for new studies. In 2009 and 2010, Merced Irrigation … Continue reading

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State Board passes deficient certification for Oroville

The State Water Resources Control Board, on December 15, 2010, approved a 401 water quality certification for the relicensing of the Oroville Facilities. The certification by the State Board is required before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can issue a … Continue reading

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