The Kilarc Project
Abbreviated Annotated Bibliography
Version 3.4 Dated
This abbreviated bibliography contains some of the filings of Davis Hydro
and the responses of the Review Agencies. Here is presented the ideas
and background for where we are today. To see a more (to my knowledge,
complete) comprehensive list please visit http://kilarc.info/Docs_Maps_Drawings/Docs_Maps_Drawings.htm.
The files included here either by ourselves or by the Agencies are not
comprehensive but are intended to be fully representative. Files that
are not here include:
o Unofficial e-mails with agency staff and consultants,
o Notes on telephone calls with various parties, and
o Earlier filings and agency inquiries.
There are few references to the Tetrick Proposal. These documents are
available on our WEB site at or the FERC WEB site.
The following documents are in order with the more recent ones at the
top. There are more earlier ones (see “older Documents), but these
will give you a snapshot of our involvement. Each has a brief annotation.
The following is Davis Hydro Comments on the Requested Scope for the
EIS (FERC dated 10-25-09). This is important in that it addresses again
the breadth of the issues to be addressed in an environmental analysis.
This paper does not discuss or describe our proposal directly.
Below is our response to CDFG comments . - We agree!!! With CDFG’s
concerns, but disagree with their conclusions (February 3, 2010). This
is an important paper in that a response to the only comprehensive agency
response to the Davis Hydro Alternative.
CDFG's December 10, 2009 response to our June 2009 proposal. In summary
they found it "Very Experimental, Different, and untested" (see
Below is our August 24, 2009 comprehensive response to earlier NOAA FWS
& CDFG comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement
as then defined by FERC. We suggest that as presented, the scope is far
to narrow to comply with the goals of the agencies. This document is not
a description of The Davis Hydro Alternative, only discussion of the EIS
Davis Hydro. 2009b. Project Scope and Studies. Davis Hydro Working Paper,
K-4. Davis, CA. July 12, 2009. This described the important scoping variables
to be addressed in and Environmental Impact Statement. It is available
FERC Accession No. 20090713-5165.
The Latest Davis Hydro Alternative
The following are found in the FERC eLibrary filed under P-606:
FERC Accession No. 20090619-5008 Davis Hydro. 2009a. The Kilarc Steelhead
Project. An Alternative to the Demolition of the Kilarc Hydropower Project.
Davis, CA. June 2009. Also available at:
FERC Accession No. 20090713-5112.
NMFS comments on the June 8 2009 DH Alternative.
These NMFS refer to earlier November 2005 comments, on a much earlier
and quite different, Synergics proposal. These NMFS comments call for
a large number of studies and that will delay progress for many years.
These comments are important because they show where NMFS is on this project,
and implicitly why Synergics and PG&E abandon the project. The earlier
NMFS comments are available here:
Davis Hydro’s June 8 2008 Reconstruction Alternative contained almost
all of the present ideas. It is available here:
There is also a previous version dated April 2008, included the South
Cow improvements. There are earlier versions and versions that also addressed
work on the South Cow, but the South Cow objective was separated due to
realization that the valuable upstream habitat needed to be restored and
that the Abbott Ditch water deliveries provided a key means of protecting
downward migrating fish, if ranchers permitted it.
In January 2010, DH released an updated salmonid discussion paper of
research topics we wish to undertake. This has not been discussed with
the agencies, so it is not included above. It is available here
and as we learn more it is being updated.
The following discusses why the local BIG Timber company opposes our proposal.
It also briefly addresses our solution to the Abbott Ditch problem on
the South Cow. It does not comment significantly on the Tetrick Settlement
The following is a NMFS response to proposal (October 15, 2009 ). This
is very brief and contains little.
Tetrick motion to intervene, outlining his Alternative is at
All documents filed with the FERC on this Docket are available at the
FERC Web Site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp.
Others – some early news articles, and perhaps simpler to access
to most documents are available from Davis Hydro at
Davis Hydro Kilarc Project Maps are primarily included in:
Non Davis Hydro Kilarc Project Maps are primarily included in http://kilarc.info/Docs_Maps_Drawings/Maps/Drawings.htm.
Photographs of the Kilarc site are available from Davis Hydro at: http://kilarc.info/Pictures/pictures.htm
Local Community Website with news releases and other community filings
is available at http://savekilarc.org .
PG&E is providing some of their larger documents, environmental reports,
and response to the FERC’s additional information request (AIR)
filings at: http://www.kilarccowcreek.com/default.aspx . The latest AIR
data are currently only available at the FERC WEB site or as a CD from
Additional Sources Providing Context for Analysis
Presentation by Desiree D. Tullos, California Water Board, July 23, 2007,
“The Science and Practice of Restoration - Ghosts of Rivers Past,
Present, and Future” slides available at
FERC Accession No. 20070731-5001
Davis Hydro’s Scoping Paper on the Kilarc and South Cow License
Surrender Study Plans. This paper suggested Project Surrender Alternatives
and Derived Recommended Studies Presented to FERC P-606 Stakeholders including
The Save Kilarc committee, The Friends of Cow Creek Preserve, The Cow
Creek Watershed Management Group, Associated Ranchers and Water Rights
Holders, and The People of Greater Whitmore Draft for Comment and Consideration,
July 2007 by Davis Hydro, from which both the Tetrick and Davis Hydro
alternatives have evolved.
FERC Accession Nos. 20070427-5112, 20070517-0080 and 20070531-3003
Notification of Intent to Seek A New License for FERC Project No. 606
Kilarc-Cow Creek of Davis Hydro LLC
and this was denied by the FERC.
This was preceded by Letter of Davis Hydro to FERC General Counsel Re:
Future Licensing Options and Priority for FERC Project No. 606 Kilarc-Cow
Creek (not available on eLibrary, but only at link below)
Hatchery and Stocking Program EIR/EIS California Fish and Game. This
document and associated studies address the very issues raised by Davis
Hydro in their Kilarc Proposal. That is the issue of genetics.
This document is very large and exhaustive but addresses comprehensively
the problem that the whole area is perfused with hatchery fish and now
we must do something about it. The resolution of this issue is addressed
at length in the genetic issues and direction outlined in the Davis Hydro
Alternative. Their study is available here:
PG&E’s Biological Assessment (Internal Draft) August 2009, Available
from FERC – Elibrary as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
2007. Kilarc-Cow Creek Project, FERC No. 606, Aquatic Habitat and Fisheries
Resource Report. Prepared by Entrix, Inc., Concord, CA. November 2. Available
20091026-5005 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 10/25/2009 10:28:01 PM
Cow Creek Final Watershed Assessment 2001 This is available at
. It is 25 Megabytes.
Regarding temperature effects on salmonid habitats in northern California,
see Thompson, Lisa C., Larry Forero, Yukako Sado, and Kenneth W. Tate,
Impact of Environmental Factors on Fish Distribution Assessed in Rangeland
Streams in California Agriculture, Volume 60, Number 4, pp. 200-206.
“Stream Ecology from a Fish’s Perspective: Habitat, Connectivity,
and Flow” – a collection of 57 slides presented by Lisa Thompson
and to be filed shortly on the FERC eLibrary under P-606 for reference
in this proceeding.
Studies commissioned by Davis Hydro, from which both the Tetrick and Davis
Hydro alternatives have evolved, include:
FERC Accession No. 20080707-5045 (4 documents found at pages 25-41 of
1./ An exploratory Paper written by the Environmental Ecologist: Ms.
Ayako Ohara’s (ne: Kawabata) , “Feasibility of a Fish Production
Facility in the Kilarc Canal, A Field Report, June 2008” also
2./ Davis Hydro Commissioned a brief review of our proposals as they
were developing. Cramer Fish Sciences (Joseph Merz & Bradley Cavallo),
“Fishery evaluation for South, Old Cow Creek Hydroelectric Facilities”
also available at
3./ StreamWise Stream Assessment and Restoration (Rick Poore) reviewed
the possibility and the work required to make nature like spawning beds
in the headrace. “Observations made during our April 2, 2008 site
visit to the South Cow Creek (Tetrick Ranch) and Old Cow Creek (Kilarc)
project areas” also available at
3./ Todd Sloat Biological Consulting, Inc. “Summary of observations
made on 2 April 2008, at the Kilarc project area” also available
Other surveys, and walk-through evaluation of the project have been
done by Carlton Engineering, Wildland's Biologist Dr. Tom Cannon, and
Geoimagery. It was tom who pointed out all the fish spawning in
the canal which has led to the core of our proposal. No final
work from these firms is available.
To start: A good overview Map of the Headrace/spawning grounds is here:
Davis Hydro and PG&E maps at various resolutions are available from
Davis Hydro at:
In particular, electronic pdf versions of the GIS maps shared at the
September 27, 2009 Second Annual Community Picnic at Kilarc Reservoir,
that will also be distributed at the site visit and FERC scoping meetings
next week, are found at the following links:
Figure 1 - The whole Kilarc canal (spawning area-ne headrace) showing
Figure 2 - The section of the canal showing the first two Upper Spawning
sections and fish return features. (not readily accessible from the picnic
at the forebay)
Figure 3 - The Lower Section of the canal showing the fish return options.
Davis Hydro is in the process of developing and will supply GIS-located
photographs of the following
• Photographs of the entire Kilarc bypass taken every 50 to 75
meters. The photos focus on the falls, barriers, cover and condition of
the stream bottom. They include photographs of possible gold working artifacts
from the Kilarc bypass region that are.
1. • Photographs of ospreys in the forebay and snakes eating fish
in the Old Cow.
2. • GIS located gravel samples from the lower half of the Kilarc
3. • Mosaiced low altitude aerial high resolution photographs of
the Kilarc canal and bypassed Old Cow Creek.