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.

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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. View a copy of the FERC license order.

 

 

License implementation monitoring and management plans

 

 

License implementation monitoring reports

 

2020 monitoring program

2020 Whitewater Boating Five-Year Monitoring Report

2019 monitoring program

2019 Monitoring Program Annual Report + Appendices
2019 Water Quality Monitoring Report

2018 monitoring program

2018 Monitoring Program Annual Report

Appendix A - 2018 Amphibian Reptile Monitoring Report

Appendix B - 2018 Water Temperature Monitoring Report

Appendix C - 2018 Water Quality Monitoring Report

Appendix D - 2018 Bear Monitoring Report

Appendix E - 2018 Bald Eagle Monitoring Report

2017 monitoring program

2017 Annual Monitoring Report

Appendix A – 2017 Hardhead Monitoring Report

Appendix B – 2017 Amphibian Reptile Monitoring Report

Appendix C – 2017 Water Temperature Monitoring Report

Appendix D – 2017 Water Quality Monitoring Report

Appendix E – 2017 Bear Monitoring Report

Appendix F – 2017 Bald Eagle Monitoring Report

2016 monitoring program

2016 Annual Monitoring Report

Appendix A – 2016 Hardhead Monitoring Report

Appendix B – 2016 Amphibian and Aquatic Reptile Monitoring Report

Appendix C – 2016 Algae Species Identification and Monitoring Report

Appendix D – 2016 Water Temperature Monitoring Report

Appendix E – 2016 Water Quality Monitoring Report

Appendix F – 2016 Bear Management Monitoring Report

Appendix G – 2016 Bald Eagle Monitoring Report

FERC 2101 Gerle Creek Fish Passage Final Report

FERC 2101 Gerle Creek SSIMMP Final Report

FERC 2101 Robbs Peak Entrainment Final Report

2015 monitoring program

2015 Annual Monitoring Report

Appendix 1 – 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report