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Don Pedro Marina

Don Pedro Marina

The Don Pedro Project is a federally-licensed water storage and hydroelectric generating facility located on the Tuolumne River in the Sierra Nevada foothills approximately 130 miles east of San Francisco. As a multi-purpose project, Don Pedro provides water storage for irrigation and domestic use as well as energy from a renewable resource. Don Pedro operations also benefit fish, wildlife, and recreation resources, as well as providing flood control benefits through cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Owned 31.54% by the Modesto Irrigation District and 68.46% by the Turlock Irrigation District, the project was placed into service in 1971. It consists of a 2,030,000 acre-foot (AF) reservoir and a 203 megawatt (MW) powerhouse. The project operates under a 50-year license granted to the Districts by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The current license extends through April 30, 2016. The Districts intend to obtain a new license, and will be relicensing Don Pedro using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process, or ILP. Relicensing is an intricate and lengthy undertaking which will stretch over several years and will be open to public participation.


Don Pedro Reservoir

Don Pedro Reservoir Vintage Photo