May 13, 2020. Five diverse entities jointly proposed an ambitious plan to advance restoration of Eel River fisheries while maintaining water security for Russian River basin water users. The Feasibility Study Report (Report) Project Plan was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the next step in the effort toward securing a new license for the Potter Valley Project, which is currently owned by PG&E.
September 11, 2019. The Round Valley Indian Tribes have signed an agreement to join with water users in the Eel River Basin and Russian River Basin to seek a two-basin solution for the relicensing of the Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project. The partnership includes California Trout, Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma Water, and the County of Humboldt. The Round Valley Indian Tribes joined this partnership because they are committed to exploring a regional solution that meets the interests and concerns of all water users in both basins.
May 18, 2019. The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, and California Trout, Inc. are working towards adopting a Potter Valley Project (Project) planning agreement to secure the region’s water supply and protect endangered salmon species in the Eel River and upper Russian River. Driven by an ad hoc process facilitated by Congressman Jared Huffman, the planning agreement will provide a structure to fund and develop a collaborative two basin proposal for the future of the Project to support water resources and fisheries restoration in both watersheds.