BLM authorizes land use for Swan Lake North pumped storage project in Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a right-of-way grant (ROW) that allows for the construction of various facilities related to the Swan Lake North pumped storage project on 711 acres east of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project would occupy about 711 acres of land managed by BLM; 19 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Reclamation; and 1,310 acres of state, county and private lands.

A portion of the upper reservoir and adjacent, surrounding, fenced area is located on the western edge of Swan Lake Rim. Part of the penstock, some access roads, and about half of the 32.8-mile-long transmission line will be located on BLM-administered lands along Swan Lake Rim, Horton Rim and Bryant Mountain.

The ROW grant is part of the Swan Lake North Hydro LLC proposal to develop the hydropower generating facility through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for private development.

BLM adopted and recirculated FERC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) dated July 5, 2019, and signed a Record of Decision (ROD) Oct. 17 authorizing public land use for the BLM portion of the project. BLM worked with FERC on the development of the Final EIS beginning in 2016.

BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska.

In September, Reclamation issued a right-of-use authorization that allows for construction of a transmission line associated with the project.

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