North Fork Feather River Erosion Control Program

by Larry L. Harrison, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


PG&E, an investor owned gas and electric utility serving northern and central California, has been engaged since 1984 in the development and implementation of a regional erosion control program for the 954 square mile northern Sierra Nevada watershed of the East Branch of the North Fork Feather River in Plumas County, California. PG&E entered into an agreement with 13 governmental agencies and a number of private landowners using 'Coordinated Resource Management and Planning' to cooperatively develop, fund and implement the program. The group has completed several field projects and has a number of additional projects in various stages of development. The program provides multiple environmental and economic benefits including reduction of soil erosion and sedimentation, improved fisheries, enhancement of riparian habitat, increased land values, improved recreation opportunities, and preservation of watershed resources. The program has stimulated substantial public interest in watershed rehabilitation. PG&E's primary benefit is the long-term reduction in the rate of sediment accumulation in its hydroelectric reservoirs downstream of the program area.

Subject Headings: Erosion | River bank stabilization | Watersheds | Hydro power | Project management | Economic factors | Sediment | Water-based recreation | United States | California | Nevada

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