Yuba, Bear, Middle Fork American projects


Yuba, Bear, and Middle Fork American River Projects

The Yuba, Bear and Middle Fork American Rivers are located on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.  Home to Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, the Foothill Yellow-legged frog and many other spectacular species, the three watersheds offer stunningly beautiful landscapes for many types of recreation.

The four complexly connected hydropower projects will expire simultaneously on these three rivers in 2013.  The four projects total 55 dams producing 829 MW

  1. Nevada Irrigation District - #2266, Yuba-Bear, 12 dams, 75 MW, Steve Rothert, Bear River
  2. Placer County Water Agency – #2079, Middle Fork American, 7 dams, 211 MW, Kelly Catlett, MFA
  3. Yuba County Water Agency # 2246, Yuba,– 1 dam, 362 MW, Steve Rothert, North Yuba River
  4. PG&E - #2310, Drum Spaulding, 35, 181 MW, Steve Rothert, Yuba, Bear, American


In order to address the many complex issues with the up coming relicensings and to educate and involve local stakeholders in the process, the Foothills Water Network was formed.   The Foothills Water Network will help prepare stakeholders by hosting a series of workshops comprising the FERC Academy. 


For more information contact:
Steve Rothert, American Rivers
Julie Leimbach, Foothill Water Network