Potter Valley Project Licensing

The Potter Valley Project: 100+ Years of Water Supply...Will It Continue?

Mendocino County Farm Bureau supports local control of the Potter Valley Project.

The support of our membership is what allows us to continue to host events that educate the public and work on critical issues such as water supply. As a member, you will continue to receive updates on the latest developments in the licensing and sale of the Project through your e-letter subscription. Please contact our office if you have an updated e-mail address. If you are not a member, please consider joining the united voice of Farm Bureau.

Taking Action

  • Funded Fuller Digital Media to video record the August 23rd Eel Russian River Commission meeting, view meeting.
  • Developed a postcard to provide our community with an opportunity to speak to their elected officials. View more information under the Community Education section.
  • Hosted a free community meeting to provide updates on the Potter Valley Project licensing process; slideshow, handout and video can be found under “Community Education” below.
  • Published in the Ukiah Daily Journal, view article.
  • For 15+ years we have been providing water tours to the public to provide a hands-on understanding of the water system.
  • Keeping our members informed with new developments through our quarterly newsletter and our e-letter subscription.
  • Provided a free event at Mendocino College to view and discuss the documentary, “A River’s Last Chances.”


MCFB has hired a professional communications company to assist in developing messaging and outreach materials so that we can continue to expand our educational campaign related to the Potter Valley Project and related licensing process. The goal of this campaign is to work with the various interests and communities that benefit from the Project so that there is a broad-based understanding of the importance of maintaining the power and water supply. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, donations are being accepted. Please click on the DONATE button below or contact the MCFB office for additional information.

Project Information

Potter Valley Project FERC Licensing Progress Update

May 2020 Update

On May 13, 2020 the five NOI parties (Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma County Water Agency, California Trout, Inc., the County of Humboldt and the Round Valley Indian Tribes) submitted the required feasibility study report for the Project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In the report, the Project Plan as proposed includes the removal of Scott Dam. This is the most unexpected portion of the plan and most likely the root of the majority of the concern/questions that you will have. MCFB does not have all of the background to explain what lead to this decision. However, we do know that it was a significant process to even get to the point of submitting the feasibility study report to FERC today to move forward with the licensing process. If the report was not submitted by the FERC deadline, the odds of moving toward decommissioning of the Project would have been accelerated.

Also, as noted on page 6-7 of the report, there are a few key points to think about. 1) the NOI Parties may modify the Proposed Project as they undertake further studies and proceed towards development of a new license application, as appropriate to advance the Shared objectives and 2) the NOI Parties will conduct detailed studies to analyze the potential effects of Scott Dam removal and address uncertainties around Scott Dam removal and water supply reliability.

Like you, MCFB is just now reading the report and working to understand the contents. Today’s filing is just one of the beginning steps to move toward the ultimate licensing deadline of April 14, 2022. The process will continue to evolve and we will all have to continue to be engaged to work to shape the final outcome.

MCFB encourages you to read the full feasibility study report and press release documents which can be found under the Licensing Related Documents tab below.

As a reminder, you can view any filings related to the Potter Valley Project by visiting the FERC E-Library website and searching for “Potter Valley” or P-77 as the project number. The FERC E-Library website can be found here.

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