Hydro license compliance
A 50-year operating license
In 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted SMUD a new 50-year license that spells out rules and conditions for our operation of the Upper American River Project (UARP) through 2064.
We’re making improvements!
Over the next few years, many of the Crystal Basin Recreational Areas will be upgraded with new features for your enjoyment. However, the work will require some sites to be partially or completely closed during renovations. Please view the closure map for a schedule and information to help with your planning.
View the latest recorded stream flows and reservoir conditions
This page is updated annually. The reports available here may not be the latest versions.
License implementation and operating requirements
Under the new license, SMUD agreed to release more water from dams to support aquatic habitats, whitewater rafting and also to carry out extensive ecological monitoring and reporting over the next 50 years. We also agreed to spend $155 million over 20 years to improve public recreation facilities around our reservoirs in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area, just north of Highway 50 on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.
FERC Project No 2101 Order Issuing New License
FERC Project No 2101 Order Revising 4(e) Conditions
FERC Project No 2101 Order Removing Authorization for IHPS Project
FERC Project No 2101 License Amendment Order
FERC Project No 2101 Order Establishing Loon Lake Reservoir Pulse Flows
FERC Project No 2101 Order Amending Slab Creek Streamflow and Reservoir Levels
License implementation monitoring and management plans
License implementation monitoring reports
2021 monitoring program