Reclamation authorizes Swan Lake land use for transmission line project near Klamath Falls

Media Contact: Jeff Hawk, 916-978-5100 (Office); 916-204-2348, jhawk@usbr.gov

For Release: September 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation issued a Right-of-Use authorization Thursday that allows for the construction of a transmission line project on two remote 40-acre parcels east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 19-acre Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project site, adjacent to the Lost River, will be used to construct and maintain an electrical transmission line, associated right-of-way, four mono-poles that support the transmission line and temporary access roads. The authorization permits Swan Lake North Hydro LLC to develop a 393.3-megawatt hydropower generating facility through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for private development. Reclamation adopted and re-circulated the FERC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on July 19, 2019 and signed a Record of Decision Thursday authorizing public land use.

Reclamation worked with FERC on the development of the Final EIS beginning in 2016.

The Final EIS is available here: https://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/enviro/eis/2019/01-25-19-FEIS.asp; view the ROD here: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=40029.

For more information about the ROD, contact Laura Williams at 541-880-2581 or ljwilliams@usbr.gov.

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