[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Pages 12720-12721]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5205]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 176-035]

City of Escondido, CA, and Vista Irrigation District; Notice of 
Application Accepted for Filing, Ready for Environmental Analysis, and 
Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:
    a. Application Type: Surrender of License.
    b. Project No: 176-035.
    c. Date Filed: December 3, 2010.
    d. Applicant: City of Escondido, California (Escondido) and Vista 
Irrigation District (Vista).
    e. Name of Project: Escondido Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: On the San Luis Rey River in San Diego County, near 
Escondido, California. The project occupies 290 acres of Federal lands 
under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau 
of Land Management. The project also occupies 66 acres of Indian 
reservation lands owned by the La Jolla, San Pasqual, and Rincon Indian 
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r 
    h. Applicant Contact: Donald R. Lincoln, Special Counsel for the 
City of Escondido, Endeman, Lincoln, Turek & Heater, LLP, 600 ``B'' 
Street, Suite 2400, San Diego, CA 92101-4582, (619) 544-0123; and Don 
A. Smith, Director of

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Water Resources, Vista Irrigation District, 1391 Engineer Street, 
Vista, CA 92081, (207) 945-5621.
    i. FERC Contact: Carolyn Templeton, (202) 502-8785, or 
    j. This application has been accepted for filing and is now ready 
for environmental analysis.
    k. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, protests, 
recommendations, and terms and conditions: 60 days from the issuance 
date of this notice; reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance 
date of this notice.
    All documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 
CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web 
site http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit 
brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, 
using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the 
end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online 
Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, 
or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages 
electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, 
mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20426. Please include the project number (P-176-035) on 
any comments, motions, or protests filed.
    l. Description of Surrender: Escondido and Vista would surrender 
the following project facilities: (1) Two storage reservoirs (Lake 
Henshaw on San Luis Rey River and Lake Wohlford on Escondido Creek) 
with a combined storage capacity of approximately 58,000 acre-feet; (2) 
one diversion dam on the San Luis Rey River; (3) four primary water 
conduits (Upper Escondido Canal--5.93 miles; Rincon Penstock--0.4 mile; 
Lower Escondido Canal--7.72 miles; and Wohlford Penstock--0.76 mile); 
(4) the Rincon powerhouse; (5) public recreation facilities at Lake 
Henshaw and Lake Wohlford; and (6) appurtenant facilities and features. 
The Escondido Hydroelectric Project extends from Lake Henshaw at an 
elevation of about 2,700 feet to Bear Valley Powerhouse at an elevation 
of 750 feet. The Escondido canal currently consists of approximately 
58,404 feet of gunite-lined canal; 3,567 feet of tunnel; 670 feet of 
metal flume; 2,156 feet of inverted siphon; and 6,118 feet of pipeline.
    In a concurrent filing, Escondido and Vista have filed an 
application for a conduit exemption for the Bear Valley Powerhouse that 
is part of the Escondido Hydroelectric Project. The Bear Valley 
powerhouse is the only portion of the Escondido Hydroelectric Project 
that is a power generation facility.
    m. A copy of the application is available for review at the 
Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' 
link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the 
docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact 
FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and 
reproduction at the address in item (h) above.
    You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via e-mail of new filings and 
issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, 
contact FERC Online Support.
    o. Protests or Motions to Intervene--Anyone may submit a protest or 
a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of 
Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, 385.211, and 385.214. In 
determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will 
consider all protests filed, but only those who file a motion to 
intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party 
to the proceeding. Any protests or motions to intervene must be 
received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular 
    p. All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title 
COMMENTS;'' (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and 
the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) 
furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person 
protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the 
requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions 
to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and 
otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments, 
motions to intervene, or protests should relate to project works which 
are the subject of the license surrender. Agencies may obtain copies of 
the application directly from the applicant. Any of these documents 
must be filed by providing the original and eight copies to: The 
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20426. An additional copy must be sent to Director, 
Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, Office of Energy 
Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at the above address. A 
copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each 
representative of the applicant specified in the particular 
application. A copy of all other filings in reference to this 
application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons 
listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this 
proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.
    q. With this notice, we are initiating consultation with the 
California State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 
106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the regulations of 
the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 36 CFR 800.4.

    Dated: March 1, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2011-5205 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]