#childsafety | Massive Hydroelectric Project In SW Riverside County: Comments

LAKE ELSINORE, CA — Monday marks the last day for the public to comment on a federal document tied to a massive hydroelectric project proposed to span across Lake Elsinore, through the Cleveland National Forest, and toward Camp Pendleton.

Project applicant Nevada Hydro is seeking a permit to operate the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage Project (“LEAPS project”) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If built, the project would generate electricity onto the state’s electrical grid, but it would require installing 32 miles of 500 kV transmission lines and towers through the Cleveland National Forest, just west of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula. The project would also consist of reservoirs with a set of tunnels running between them: the water in Lake Elsinore would serve as a lower reservoir; an upper reservoir would be constructed in the Cleveland National Forest at Decker Canyon (just south of state Route 74). A pump/powerhouse facility would also be built near the lake, on the west side of Grand Avenue near Lakeland Village.

The city of Lake Elsinore and county of Riverside have formally submitted concerns to federal regulators about the project, including issues related to dam safety, wildfire dangers, visual and public safety impacts from transmission lines, traffic and construction impacts, and disturbance of sensitive habitat areas.

On June 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and solicited comments from the public on a Scoping Document for a revised LEAPS project (the project has been around for decades). Aug. 17 is the deadline to respond on the Scoping Document. (Find the Scoping Document here, which includes instructions on how to comment electronically.)

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