Leaburg-Walterville Hydroelectric Project

Willamette River Basin; McKenzie River, Lane County, Oregon

Project Profile

The Leaburg-Walterville Hydroelectric Project was relicensed in 1997, and addressed negative effects of the project on upstream and downstream fish passage, stream flow and water quality for ESA-listed fish. The project comprises two facilities located at different points on the McKenzie River. Both plants are run-of-the-river facilities, using the natural flow and elevation drop of the river to generate electricity. The Leaburg facility has a capacity of 16.7 megawatts. The Walterville plant has a capacity of 8 megawatts. 

Listed Species

Upper Willamette River Chinook

Licensee

Eugene Water & Electric Board

FERC Relicensing Status

FERC issued a new 40-year license in 1997. After nearly 15 years of litigation, the parties reached a settlement agreement in 2001 and FERC issued an amended license that same year. NOAA Fisheries completed a biological opinion in 2001. The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) constructed a new fish ladder and reconstructed an existing fish ladder at Leaburg Dam. The licensee made significant modifications to the fish screen at Leaburg and built a new state of the art fish screen at Walterville Diversion. EWEB also constructed new tailrace barriers at both projects, implemented new flow requirements, completed fish migration and safety measures, and put in place a habitat improvement plan.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-2496

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion