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Middle Fork American River at French Meadows Inlet

Water Year Type

PCWA’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license contains requirements that set minimum stream flows based on the water year type. This is an important component of protecting and preserving the public trust resources within the Middle Fork American River watershed.

A water year is from October 1 to September 30 each year. The stream flows vary based on location, resources and hydrology. The current water year has been designated as below normal as of May 26, 2022.

Water Year Type
FERC/4e Condition No.22
Water Year TypeAmerican River Unimpaired Flow below Folsom Lake (Acre Feet)
Wet (W)above 3,400,000
Above Normal (AN)2,400,000 - 3,400,000
Below Normal (BN)1,500,000 - 2,400,000
Dry (D)1,000,000 - 1,500,000
Critical (C)600,000 - 1,000,000
Extreme Critical (EC)below 600,000
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