PG&E to increase flows on the North Fork of the Feather River this week
According to Paul Moreno of PG&E, river flows in the Belden Reach of the Feather River are now back to normal.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will increase water flows in the Belden Reach of the North Fork of the Feather River on Wednesday through Friday while the Belden Powerhouse is off line for planned improvements on electric transmission lines and equipment.
With no water running through the powerhouse, flows in the Belden Reach will be higher. Prior to increasing flows, the flow in the Belden Reach will be about 180 cubic feet per second (cfs). Starting at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, PG&E will gradually increase water flows by about half a foot an hour until it reaches about 650 cfs.
The Belden Reach can easily accommodate the increased flows up to 2,000 cfs, which can happen during wet years.
By 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, flows will be returned to 180 cfs after being gradually reduced by about half a foot an hour. While the Belden Powerhouse is off line, PG&E will replace a 230,000-volt switch and 300 feet of power lines at the Belden Powerhouse switchyard. The work will improve electric reliability and provide PG&E with more flexibility in producing hydroelectric power when a portion of the transmission line might be out of service.
The Belden Reach is the portion of the North Fork of the Feather River in remote Plumas County between PG&E’s Belden Dam and the confluence of the North Fork of the Feather River and the East Branch of the Feather River near Highway 70.