The Yuba River Development Project (FERC No. 2246) is owned and operated by the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA). The project is located on the 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. The Project generates up to 361.9 megawatts. The initial FERC license for the Project expires April 30, 2016. The Yuba River Development Project (YRDP) is also using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process.
YCWA’s stated goal in the YRDP relicensing is to obtain, “…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.” FWN and SYRCL are also closely involved in this process.
In May 2018, FERC released their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS). SYRCL reached out to community members and received 215 letters from individuals commenting on the inadequate report, requesting better protections for Yuba Salmon and the Yuba River. In addition to the 215 letters, SYRCL also filed two other comment letters in partnership with the Foothills Water Network (FWN) and Friends of the River (FOR). Please see links below for copies of both letters and the full DEIS. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be released Fall 2018.
Recent filings on the Yuba River Development Project: