Supervisors intervene in proposed hydro project at Lake Davis
Davis Hydro LLC, a company based in Davis, Calif., took the first step to investigate developing a hydro project at Lake Davis, and the Board of Supervisors took the first step to become involved in the process Sept. 17.
“We’re not even sure who owns the property,” Planning Director Randy Wilson told the supervisors. “But the recommendation is to intervene,” which gives the county the ability to participate as the project moves forward.
Davis Hydro LLC operates small hydro projects in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Maryland, with some projects in the development stages in California.
The company filed a preliminary permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which was published in the Federal Register on July 29.
The city of Portola received notice and contacted the county. During an interview Sept. 13, Public Works Director Bob Perreault said he was surprised that neither the county nor the Plumas County Flood Control District had been notified directly.
“This is in the very preliminary stages,” Perreault said, and added that it would be very important for the county to “intervene in the application process” so that county leaders could participate in the process.
According to the application filed with FERC, the proposed project would use the existing fish egg filtering platform owned by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, located below the Grizzly Valley dam on Big Grizzly Creek, and would consist of a powerhouse containing one 320-kilowatt turbine, a 2,208-foot-long transmission line and appurtenant facilities.
Board wants timely backup
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall told the rest of the board that she was tired of receiving backup documentation for agenda items on the day of the board meeting.
“I resent coming in and receiving a bunch of material,” Thrall said. She said she picks up her agenda packet early so that she can review the information, but when it comes in late or as the presenter is addressing the board, she can’t read the documents.
“I totally agree,” Supervisor Jon Kennedy said.
“There is board policy for developing the agenda and supporting materials,” County Counsel Craig Settlemire told the supervisors. “It does have a specific timeline.”
The supervisors are scheduled to discuss the issue further at their next meeting Oct. 1.
Guardrail project delay
A guardrail project slated for construction this fall on County Road A15 will be postponed due to erosion control concerns submitted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Senior Planner Jim Graham advised the Board of Supervisors during its Sept. 17 meeting that a better timeframe would be next spring and summer.
County Road A15 is located between Clio and Portola and travels by Gold Mountain.