The McCloud RiverKeepers (MRK) was formed shortly after a happen-stance conversation with two individuals familiar with the then unknown to us hydroelectric power relicensing of three Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) powerhouses on the Pit River which include use of upper McCloud River water in McCloud Reservoir behind McCloud Reservoir Diversion Dam. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses and regulates all non-federally owned dams and hydropower facilities in the United States.
The central relicensing issue that threatens the lower McCloud River below McCloud Reservoir Dam are the excessive, regulated whitewater kayaking flows being requested by American Whitewater that are supported by US Forest Service (USFS) and California State Water Resource control Board (SWB) policy in this relicensing of PG&E's expiring 50 year old FERC operating license. A related topic of importance for protection of the resource (habitat & fishery), and therefore fishers, that requires discussion is the role Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have played in hydropower CA FERC relicensings for many years. Since we have discovered some people in the fishing community wishing to disbelieve facts and/or uncomfortable dealing with them. We find no other way than to explain what we have discovered, know to be true, and not to have happened upon by chance. The following paragraphs will discuss this topic before we provide background on the federal relicensing process, history of CA relicensings, other Relicensing Particicpants involved, and MRK's positions.