FERC Issues Order Approving Revised Exhibit G Drawings Re Idaho Power Company Under P-503
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order:
Idaho Power Company Project No. 503-060
ORDER APPROVING REVISED EXHIBIT G DRAWINGS
(Issued October 24, 2013)
1. On February 13, 2013, Idaho Power Company, licensee for the Swan Falls Hydroelectric Project, FERC No. 503, filed revised Exhibit G drawings pursuant to Article 203 of its license. The project is located on the Snake River in Ada and Owyhee Counties, Idaho. The project occupies federal land within the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
2. Article 203 requires the licensee to file with the Commission for approval, within 90 days of license issuance, revised Exhibit G drawings enclosing within the project boundary all principal project works necessary for operation and maintenance of the project. The project boundary shown on the revised Exhibit G drawings shall include the tract of land downstream of the project dam described and shown in drawing 1A of the additional information response filed on April 7, 2009, on which are located dispersed recreation sites and the canoe portage trail as described in the Recreation Management Plan filed on April 7, 2009, lands to be revegetated as described in the Wildlife Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan filed June 4, 2009, and cultural resource sites to be monitored as described in the Historic Properties Management Plan filed May 24, 2010. The revised Exhibit G drawings shall identify all state and private land within the project boundary and delineate the 185.8 acres of federal lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Exhibit G drawings must comply with sections 4.39 and 4.41 of the Commission's regulations.
3. We reviewed the revised drawings and have determined that all of the requirements of article 203 listed above have been properly incorporated in the drawings. The revised exhibits conform to the Commission's rules and regulations, and are approved by this order. In ordering paragraph (A) we are approving the revised Exhibit G drawings. In ordering paragraph (B) we are requiring the licensee to file the approved drawings in aperture card and electronic file formats.
4. The Commission is strongly encouraging each licensee to conduct a comprehensive review of all Commission approved recreation facilities at its projects. Recreation facilities include recreation amenities and are outlined in the project's Recreation Plan and any amendments, as well as any plan requiring interpretive and education displays. This review will assist the licensee and Commission staff in a number of areas, including inspections, the review and approval of recreation drawings, and reporting recreational requirements pursuant to 18 C.F.R. section8.11. Commission staff may be contacting the licensee concerning this review in the near future. In an effort to monitor the location of all Commission approved recreation amenities as part of our oversight of the project, ordering paragraph (C) requires the licensee to file recreation amenity information.
The Director orders:
(A) The following exhibit drawings, filed on February 13, 2013, conform to the Commission's rules and regulations, and are approved, and made a part of the license.
No. FERC Drawing No. Drawing Title
G-1 503-1007 Project Boundary
G-2 503-1008 Project Boundary
G-3 503-1009 Project Boundary
G-4 503-1010 Project Boundary
G-5 503-1011 Project Boundary
(B) Within 45 days of the date of issuance of this order, the licensee shall file the approved exhibit drawings in aperture card and electronic file formats.
a) Four sets of the approved exhibit drawing shall be reproduced on silver or gelatin 35mm microfilm. All microfilm shall be mounted on type D (3-1/4" X 7-3/8") aperture cards. Prior to microfilming, the FERC Project Drawing Number (i.e., P-503-1007) shall be shown in the margin below the title block of the approved drawing. After mounting, the FERC Drawing Number shall be typed on the upper right corner of each aperture card. Additionally, the Project Number, FERC Exhibit (i.e., G-1), Drawing Title, and date of this order shall be typed on the upper left corner of each aperture card. See Figure 1.
Figure 1 Sample Aperture Card Format
Two of the sets of aperture cards along with form FERC-587 shall be filed with the Secretary of the Commission, ATTN: OEP/DHAC. The third set shall be filed with the Commission's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections Portland Regional Office. The remaining aperture card and a copy of Form FERC-587 shall be filed with the Bureau of Land Management office at the following address:
Bureau of Land Management
Land Services Section (ID-943A)
1387 S VINNELL WAY
BOISE ID 83709-1657
Form FERC-587 is available through the Commission's website at the following URL: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/forms/form-587/form-587.pdf. If the form cannot be downloaded from the Internet, a hard copy may be obtained by mailing a request to the Secretary of the Commission.
b) The licensee shall file two separate sets of exhibit drawings in electronic raster format with the Secretary of the Commission, ATTN: OEP/DHAC. A third set shall be filed with the Commission's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections Portland Regional Office. Each drawing must be a separate electronic file, and the file name shall include: FERC Project-Drawing Number, FERC Exhibit, Drawing Title, date of this order, and file extension in the following format [P-503-1007, G-1, Project Boundary, MM-DD-YYYY.TIF]. Electronic drawings shall meet the following format specification:
IMAGERY - black & white raster file
FILE TYPE - Tagged Image File Format, (TIFF) CCITT Group 4
RESOLUTION - 300 dpi desired, (200 dpi min)
DRAWING SIZE FORMAT - 24" x 36" (min), 28" x 40" (max)
FILE SIZE - less than 1 MB desired
Each Exhibit G drawing that includes the project boundary must contain a minimum of three known reference points (i.e., latitude and longitude coordinates, or state plane coordinates). The points must be arranged in a triangular format for GIS georeferencing the project boundary drawing to the polygon data, and must be based on a standard map coordinate system. The spatial reference for the drawing (i.e., map projection, map datum, and units of measurement) must be identified on the drawing and each reference point must be labeled. In addition, each project boundary drawing must be stamped by a registered land surveyor.
c) The licensee shall file two separate sets of the project boundary data in a georeferenced electronic file format (such as ArcView shape files, GeoMedia files, MapInfo files, or a similar GIS format) with the Secretary of the Commission, ATTN: OEP/DHAC. The filing shall include both polygon data and all reference points shown on the individual project boundary drawings. An electronic boundary polygon data file(s) is required for each project development. Depending on the electronic file format, the polygon and point data can be included in single files with multiple layers. The georeferenced electronic boundary data file must be positionally accurate to a40 feet in order to comply with National Map Accuracy Standards for maps at a 1:24,000 scale. The file name(s) shall include: FERC Project Number, data description, date of this order, and file extension in the following format [P-503, boundary polygon/or point data, MM-DD-YYYY.SHP]. The filing must be accompanied by a separate text file describing the spatial reference for the georeferenced data: map projection used (i.e., UTM, State Plane, Decimal Degrees, etc), the map datum (i.e., North American 27, North American 83, etc.), and the units of measurement (i.e., feet, meters, miles, etc.). The text file name shall include: FERC Project Number, data description, date of this order, and file extension in the following format [P-503, project boundary metadata, MM-DD-YYYY.TXT].
In addition, for those projects that occupy federal lands, a separate georeferenced polygon file(s) is required that identifies transmission line acreage and non-transmission line acreage affecting federal lands for the purpose of meeting the requirements of 18 CFR section11.2. The file(s) must also identify each federal owner (e.g., BLM, USFS, Corps of Engineers, etc.), land identification (e.g., forest name, Section 24 lands, national park name, etc.), and federal acreage affected by the project boundary. Depending on the georeferenced electronic file format, the polygon, point, and federal lands data can be included in a single file with multiple layers.
(C) Within 45 days of the date of issuance of this order, the licensee shall file all Commission approved recreation amenity information as displayed in the table. Click here: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=13377691.
(D) This order constitutes final agency action. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days from the date of its issuance, as provided in section 313(a) of the Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. section 825l (2012), and the Commission's regulations at 18 C.F.R. section 385.713 (2013). The filing of a request for rehearing does not operate as a stay of the effective date of this order, or of any other date specified in this order. The licensee's failure to file a request for rehearing shall constitute acceptance of this order.
Charles K. Cover, P.E.
Chief, Project Review Branch
Division of Hydropower Administration
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