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Final Environmental Impact Statement for the McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project (P-2106-059)
Issued: February 25, 2011

Commission staff prepared a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relicensing of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) existing 368-megawatt McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project (McCloud-Pit Project). The project analyzed in the document is located on the McCloud and Pit Rivers in Shasta County, California.

PG&E used the Integrated Licensing Process and filed the license application for the McCloud-Pit Project on July 16, 2009. The project occupies a total of 1,622 acres of federal lands administered by the USDA - Forest Service. In its license application, PG&E proposed: (1) higher minimum instream flow releases in two project reaches: Lower McCloud River and Iron Canyon Creek; (2) measures to protect sensitive species; (3) measures to maintain and enhance project recreational opportunities; and (4) development and/or implementation of management plans that cover a range of resources, including: (a) water quality; (b) wildlife habitat and enhancement; (c) vegetation; (d) wildlife; (e) recreation; and (f) cultural resources. Commission staff evaluated PG&E's proposal and recommendations made by state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, in the draft EIS issued July 30, 2010. After receiving comments and oral testimony on the draft EIS, staff revised the document, as necessary, in this final EIS.

In the final EIS, Commission staff recommends the staff alternative, which consists of measures included in PG&E's proposal, as well as some of the mandatory conditions and recommendations made by state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and some additional measures developed by the staff.