Hydro license compliance

A new 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. 

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. Click here to view a copy of the FERC license order.

View the latest recorded stream flows and reservoir elevations

 

License Compliance Implementation Monitoring Plans

 

Ecological Monitoring Plans

FERC 2101 Algae Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Amphibian and Aquatic Reptile Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Bald Eagle Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Bear Human Interaction Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Geomorphology Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Gerle Creek Fish Passage Plan

FERC 2101 Gerle Creek Sensitive Site Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Hardhead Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Robbs Powerhouse Entrainment Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged Frog Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Trout Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Water Quality Monitoring Plan

FERC 2101 Water Temperature Monitoring Plan

 

Facilities and Resource Management Plans

FERC 2101 Avian Protection Plan

FERC 2101 Block of Water Plan

FERC 2101 Canal and Penstock Emergency Release Point Plan

FERC 2101 Facilities Management Plan

FERC 2101 Fire Prevention and Response Plan

FERC 2101 Hazardous Substances Plan

FERC 2101 License Implementation Plan

FERC 2101 SMUD-PGE Streamflow Reservoir Level Information

FERC 2101 Streamflow and Reservoir Elevation Gaging Plan

FERC 2101 Transportation and Trails System Management Plan

FERC 2101 Vegetation and Invasive WEED Management Plan

FERC 2101 Visual Resource Management Plan

 

Recreation Management Plans

FERC 2101 Bear Proofing Implementation Plan

FERC 2101 Crystal Basin Reservoirs Recreation Plan

FERC 2101 Interpretive Education and Public Information Plan

FERC 2101 Recreation Access Plan for Slab Creek Reservoir at Forebay Road

FERC 2101 Recreation Implementation Plan

FERC 2101 Slab Creek Reservoir West End Boating Access Plan

FERC 2101 Union Valley Reservoir Boating Management Plan

FERC 2101 Whitewater Boating Monitoring Plan

 

License Compliance Implementation Monitoring Reports

Monitoring Program 2015 Annual Report

Appendix 1 – 2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report
Monitoring Program 2016 Annual Report

Monitoring Program 2017 Annual Report

 

2017 Monitoring Program Annual 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

 

2018 Monitoring Program Annual 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