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.
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.
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.