“Lake County residents who have owned homes and property around Lake Pillsbury reservoir for decades have been shut out of planning for the future of the Potter Valley Project,” Garamendi said. “Let me be clear: any decision-making for the Scott Dam and Lake Pillsbury Reservoir must include representatives from Lake County. Anything short of that is simply unacceptable.
“The Lake Pillsbury reservoir has been a feature of Lake County since 1922 and provides essential firefighting capacity for one of the most fire-prone regions in California,” Garamendi continued. “CalFire made extensive use of Lake Pillsbury reservoir for firefighting during the devastating Mendocino Complex Fire in 2018, and again during this year’s fire season.
“I strongly oppose draining Lake Pillsbury reservoir by removing Scott Dam. The planning process will not be adequate until every community impacted by this project has a voice in the process,” Garamendi continued. “I expect FERC to give Lake County and Lake Pillsbury residents a full and equal seat at the table during this process. I stand ready with Lake County to create a version of the Potter Valley Project that works for every community involved, including cost-effective fish passage at Scott Dam,” Garamendi concluded.
You can read Rep. Garamendi’s letter to FERC here.
Members of the public can submit comments regarding the removal of Scott Dam and draining of Lake Pillsbury reservoir by:
1) Registering with FERC’s online public comment portal.
2) Once registered, check your email inbox. In the email from FERC, there will be a link to submit a public comment.
3) Enter docket number P-77-298 and click “search”
4) Click the blue + on the right side of the table to select the docket
5) Submit your comments in the comment box below.