Middle Fork Project Finance Authority
What is it? Purpose & Powers
The Middle Fork Project (MFP) is a multi-purpose water supply and hydro-generation project designed to conserve and control waters of the Middle Fork American River, the Rubicon River, and several associated tributary streams. The MFP stores water from rain and snow during the fall and winter months and releases water all year to meet consumptive (municipal, industrial, and agricultural) demands within western Placer County, provides recreational experiences, contributes to the natural resource preservation and enhancement of the river and to generate power for the California electrical grid. The MFP is located within the Middle Fork American River Watershed (Watershed) (MAP PDF) within Placer County at elevations ranging from approximately 1,100 feet to 5,300 feet.
The MFP diverts, stores, and transports water through a series of stream diversions, reservoirs, canals, and powerhouses before it is released back into the Middle Fork American River below Oxbow Powerhouse (where river rafting takes place), approximately 29 miles upstream of Folsom Reservoir. All electricity generated by the MFP is delivered to Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) transmission system. The backbone of the MFP is its two principal water storage reservoirs, French Meadows and Hell Hole. These reservoirs are located on the Middle Fork American River and the Rubicon River.
More on Purpose & Powers.
Middle Fork Project Fuel Reduction Management Program
Through an annual funding agreement between Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and Placer County, grant funds are to be expended to perform fuel management activities that support a reduction in potential fire in the Middle Fork Project (MFP) area. This area is a critical forested watershed and protection of it is of paramount importance. The MFP is a multi-purpose water supply and hydro-generation project designed to conserve and control waters of the Middle Fork American River, the Rubicon River, and several associated tributary streams. The location is generally located in the Tahoe National Forest and private land well above the community of Foresthill and continues down the American River near the community of Auburn.