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.
- Developed a postcard to provide our community with an opportunity to speak to their elected officials. View more information under the Community Education section.
- 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.
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.
Potter Valley Project FERC Licensing Progress Update: January 2021
Initial Study Report
Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma County Water Agency, California Trout, Inc., the County of Humboldt, California, and the Round Valley Indian Tribes (together, NOI Parties) submitted a an Initial Study Report (ISR) to FERC in mid September 2020. The ISR describes the overall progress in implementing the study plan and schedule and the data collected, including an explanation of any variance from the study plan and schedule. The full Initial Study Report can be found HERE.
File Disagreements and Requests to Amend Study Plan
Stakeholders were able to file disagreements and requests to amend the study plan on November 13, 2020. MCFB submitted comments which can be found HERE.
The main points of conversation were related to the importance of analyzing impacts to water users in the newly introduced studies of AQ12 and SE1.
Response to Comments on Initial Study Report
The NOI Parties provided a response to comments document on December 14, 2020. The response document can be found HERE.
FERC was scheduled to release a ” Director’s determination on disagreements and amendments ” on January 13, 2021. As of January 21st, this document has not been released.
Timeline for Future Actions
Within Scoping Document 3 released by FERC in July 2020, a timeline was provided as Appendix A for a process plan and schedule for the licensing. This is a general timeline, but a good reference to review. Appendix A can be seen HERE
If you would like to sign up to receive updates related to any future filings connected to the Potter Valley Project, you can do so by visiting the FERC website and going to the e-subscription page. If you have not registered with FERC, you will have to register before proceeding with the e-subscription. Once registered you can sign up to receive information related to docket P-77-000, which is the Potter Valley Project.
The recent filing is one of many milestones to be accomplished in getting to the FERC licensing deadline of April 14, 2022. The process will continue to evolve, and we will all have to be engaged in shaping the final outcome. If there are any questions regarding the comment process, please feel free to contact the MCFB office.
Silva-Jordan, P.T. 2016. Planning Alternatives for Lake Mendocino (Coyote Valley Dam) in the Upper Russian River System Storage and Water Supply Reliability Study. MS Thesis. U.C. Davis. 2016 (analysis of raising Coyote Dam and related water supply w/ and w/o the water supply from the Potter Valley Project).
VTN Oregon, Inc. 1982. Potter Valley Project (FERC No. 77) Fisheries Study. Final Report. Volumes I & II. Prepared for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Ramon, CA. December 1982. –( P. 315 habitat survey data of potential salmonid spawning and rearing habitat of 35.7 miles above Scott Dam)
Cooper, E.J. 2017. An Estimation of Potential Salmonid Habitat Capacity in the Upper Mainstem Eel River, California. MS Thesis. Humboldt State University. May 2017. ( P. 2 Modeling estimates of potential salmonid habitat above Scott Dam)
LICENSING RELATED DOCUMENTS
Pacific Gas and Electric Company. 2017. Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project No. 77, Relicensing Pre-Application Document (PAD). Volume 1: Public Information Sections 1-7, & Volume 2: Public Information Appendices A-G. April 2017.