[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 110 (Wednesday, June 9, 1999)]
[Pages 30972-30973]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-14568]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
[Project No. 2017-011]

Southern California Edison Company; Technical Workshop on Water 
Management and Intent To Conduct a Site visit

June 3, 1999.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) received an 
application for a new license for the continued operation and 
maintenance of the existing Big Creek No. 4 Hydropower Project (BC#4) 
on February 26, 1997. BC#4 is located on the San Joaquin river, in 
Fresno, Madera, and Tulare Counties, California. The project is 
partially located on federal lands managed by the Forest Service. The 
project would have an installed capacity of 98.6 megawatts.
    During scoping meetings held in December 1997, to solicit public 
comment on the relicensing of the BC#4, Southern California Edison 
Company (Edison) offered to conduct a technical workshop to explain the 
criteria that go into managing water for the operations of the 
hydropower projects in Edison's big Creek System (BCS) of which BC#4 is 
one part. Therefore, on January 11, 1999, the Commission requested that 
Edison provide a schedule and agenda

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for the technical workshop before staff completes an evaluation of 
Edison's license application.
    The purpose of this notice is to advise all parties of the 
scheduled technical workshop that will be conducted by Edison and 
attended by the Commission's staff on the water management procedures 
(including modeling) currently in use by Edison to operate the BCS and 
specifically BC#4. The technical workshop will be held at the Big Creek 
Clubhouse on June 29, 1999, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All interested 
individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend.
    Four subjects related to BC#4 operations will be covered at the 
workshop: (1) overview of the BCS and BC#4's history; (2) overview of 
the San Joaquin River watershed and specific information regarding the 
drainage areas of individual projects within the BCS; (3) existing 
license conditions of projects throughout the BCS which are related to 
water management and the Mammoth Pool operating agreement; and (4) 
Edison's existing modeling capabilities.
    In addition, a tour of some of the BCS's project facilities and 
project environment is scheduled for June 30, 1999. Those who wish to 
accompany us on this site visit should meet at Shaver Lake parking lot, 
located off of Route 168, at 9:30 a.m. Participants should provide 
their own transportation and food.
    Furthermore, on February 3, 1999, the Commission issued the revised 
Scoping Document (SD2) and a notice of intent to prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement for the relicensing of BC#4. To enable 
staff participating in the preparation of the Environmental Impact 
Statement of the proposed relicensing of the BC#4 to view BC#4's 
facilities and project area, a tour of the BC#4 facilities, including 
walking part of the 4-mile-long Horseshoe Bend Trail to view 
representative portions of the project's 6.3-mile-long bypassed reach, 
will be conducted on July 1, 1999. All interested individuals, 
organizations, and agencies are invited to attend this site visit also. 
Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Redinger Reservoir 
recreation access area parking lot, located off of Redinger Lake Road 
(Road 235). Participants should provide their own transportation and 
food for the site visit.
    Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to John 
Ramer of the Commission at (202) 219-2833 or by e-mail: 
John.RamerFERC.Fed.US. For directional information you may also contact 
Geoffrey L. Rabone of Edison at (909) 394-8721 or Carol Efird at the 
Sierra National Forest (559) 297-0706 ext. 4871.
Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-14568 Filed 6-8-99; 8:45 am]