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Placer County Water Agency Middle Fork American River Project (FERC No. 2079) Cultural Technical Working Group Meeting. November 18, 2008. 2008 Cultural Resource Inventory Study Results. Inventory Work Completed in 2008. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Placer County Water AgencyMiddle Fork American River Project(FERC No. 2079)

    CulturalTechnical Working Group MeetingNovember 18, 2008

  • *2008 Cultural Resource Inventory Study Results

  • *Inventory Work Completed in 2008 Conducted additional records searches to identify previous studies and/or previously recorded resources within one-mile radius of four Project snow courses The snow courses are located in the upper Watershed, east of Hell Hole and French Meadows reservoirsRelocated and examined two previously recorded resources to verify location and condition of resourcesRevisited two previously unknown resources that were found in 2007Conducted field surveys to identify new resources

  • *2008 Inventory Effort/ResultsAdditional record searches related to Project snow coursesIdentified 15 previous studies within 1 mile of each of the snow course locations Identified 26 previously recorded cultural resources within 1 mile of the snow course locations Resources include Basque tree carving sites, prehistoric bedrock milling sites, lithic scatters, prehistoric campsites, and 1 petroglyph site None of these sites is located within 200 feet of a snow course location

  • *2008 Inventory Effort/ResultsRelocated and examined two previously recorded resources to verify location and condition of resourceRelocated one resource that was originally recorded as a bedrock milling station and flake scatter (FS-05-03-55-201) Relocated one resource that was originally recorded as a single bedrock mortar (FS-05-17-53-468)Resource was thought to be a natural feature in 2007Surveys in 2008 indicate the feature is a shallow bedrock mortar placed in a natural depression on the rock

  • *2008 Inventory Effort/ResultsRevisited two previously unknown resources that were found in 2007Revisited a mining settlement that was originally recorded in 2007. Updated record to reflect additional features found during 2008 surveys (FS-05-17-53-372)Revisited a resource that was found in 2007 and thought to be a ditch segment. Determined to be a recent feature based on 2008 survey (PL-02)

  • *2008 Inventory Effort/ResultsConducted surveys to identify new resources within 200 feet of the following features or areas:Project reservoirsExisting Project facilitiesPotential Project bettermentsProject snow courses2008 surveys augment survey work completed in 2006 and 200714 new cultural resources were identified during 2008 surveys

  • *New Resources Identified in 20081 Native American rock art site5 Isolated artifacts8 Historic era resources (3 archaeological sites, 5 objects/structures)

  • *Update on Implementation of Cultural ResourcesEligibility Studies

  • *Eligibility StudiesPurposeEvaluate Resources to Determine if they are Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)

  • *Eligibility StudiesDetermining Historical SignificanceCriteria used to evaluate historical significance are found in 36 CFR 60.4Criteria takes into account:Age (50 years or older, or exceptional resources under 50 years of age)IntegritySignificance CriteriaA. Associated with broad patterns in American HistoryB. Associated with important personsC. Embodies distinctive characteristics of type, period, method of construction, high artistic value, represents work of masterD. Potential to yield information important in prehistory or history

  • *Eligibility StudiesDistributed Draft Cultural Resources Eligibility Evaluation Plan on June 18, 2008 for review and comment (one letter received from Shingle Springs Rancheria) Distributed Final Cultural Resources Eligibility Evaluation Plan on August 28, 2008Obtained ARPA permits from the Forest Service to conduct shovel probes and test excavation units (TEUs) at specific sitesNotified Tribes of field schedule by letter dated September 18, 2008Field studies conducted in 2008 (October November)Additional research regarding eligibility will continue through early 2009Draft Eligibility Report will be distributed for review and comment in March 2009

  • *Eligibility StudiesEligibility Evaluation Plan identified four types of resourcesCategory 1 Resources that will not be evaluated because they are not affected by Project operation and maintenance activitiesNine resources (two historic era roads, remains of a bridge, three historic era sites, one Native American site, one multi-component site, and one mining ditch) Category 2 Resources that will be evaluated because they could potentially be affected by Project operation and maintenance activitiesNine resources (four mining ditches, one dismissed ditch, one stream diversion berm, three Native American sites)Category 3 Evaluation approach to be determined pending further informationFour resources (one historic era site, two Native American Sites, one mixed component site)Category 4 Resources that have previously been evaluated for the NRHPFour resources (four Native American sites)

  • *Eligibility StudiesFour resources were identified as needing further information to determine whether evaluation is necessary (Category 3)Two of these sites were determined not to be affected by Project operation and maintenance activities (FS-05-03-53-04, FS-05-17-54-468). Therefore, evaluation is not necessary. The other two sites were determined to potentially be affected by Project operation and maintenance activities (FS-05-03-53-375, FS-05-17-54-214). Therefore, they were evaluated for NRHP eligibility.

  • *Eligibility StudiesEvaluation effort includes:Consultation with Tribes, other stakeholders, and resource agenciesFieldwork to identify contents and boundaries of sitesLaboratory work to augment and verify field informationAcquisition and review of historical documents

  • *Eligibility StudiesConsultation Approach:Consult with Tribal representatives to evaluate archaeological resourcesDetermine those historic attributes that may be associated with each site recognized by the Tribe, recognizing that consultation may involve a broader geographical area than the defined boundaries of a given siteDevelop understanding of the historical associations of the cultural resources Notify Tribes if human remains, funerary objects, or sacred objects are discoveredInformation developed through Tribal consultation will be documented and will remain confidential as designated by Tribal representativesConsult with resource agencies regarding the evaluation of historic structures

  • *Eligibility StudiesFieldwork ApproachShovel probesTest excavation units where necessary (3 sites)Field analysis of recovered materials

  • *Eligibility StudiesLaboratory/Office ApproachExamination of artifactsObsidian hydration and radiocarbon datingSourcing studiesConsideration of results of excavation and lab-generated data to evaluate eligibility of sites

  • *Eligibility Studies

    Research ApproachHistoric StructuresGather and review historic data, including local histories, mining histories, historic maps and photographs, engineering documents, and materials found in archives and libraries of local and state historical societies and academic libraries to evaluate whether features identified during field surveys are known resources (i.e., named ditches, roads, and berms)Evaluate the historical significance of each named ditch, road, and bermHydroelectric facilities to be evaluated by an architectural historianPrehistoric ResourcesConsult with TribesAcquire additional published and unpublished information from the Tribes and resource agencies to understand age, function, and integrity of sites

  • *Eligibility StudiesResources identified during 2008 inventory surveysThese resources will be addressed in a draft Supplemental Evaluation Plan that will be distributed to the Cultural TWG for review and comment.Of the 14 new sites identified in 2008, three will require eligibility evaluation PL-17 Old roadPL-20 Mining ditchPL-22 - Rock art siteEvaluation effort will include: Background researchConsultation with Tribes, other stakeholders, and resource agencies

  • *Next StepsDraft 2008 Cultural Resources Inventory Report PCWA distributes Draft 2008 Cultural Resources Inventory Report to Cultural TWG for review and comment in Nov/Dec 2008Cultural TWG provides comments to PCWAPCWA addresses comments and distributes final report to TWGSupplemental Cultural Resources Eligibility Evaluation PlanPCWA distributes Draft Cultural Resources Eligibility Evaluation Plan to Cultural TWG for review and comment in Dec 2008Cultural TWG provides comments to PCWAPCWA addresses comments and distributes final supplemental plan to TWG

  • *Next Steps (continued)Cultural Resources Eligibility Study PCWA consults with Tribes, other stakeholders, and resource agenciesPCWA completes studies and prepares reportPCWA distributes Draft Cultural Resources Eligibility Study Report for review and comment (end of March 2009)PCWA addresses comments and distributes final report to TWGEligibility results are provided to State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

  • *Relicensing Schedule Overview

  • *Relicensing Process Schedule2009 - 2011

    Relicensing Activities

    200920102011

    Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1

    Distribution of Technical Study Reports

    Impact Analysis/Identify Preliminary PM&E Measures

    Collaborate on New License Conditions

    Prepare Draft Application

    Draft

    Final

  • *Collaboration Topics

    Prop Neg Approach

    20092010

    Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4

    Instream Flow Article Monitoring Plans Entrainment

    Sediment Management Plan

    Historic Properties Management Plan

    Transportation System Management Plan

    Fire Plan Public Safety Plan Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasur