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City of Aspen; Notice of Intent To File License Application, Filing of Pre-Application Document, and Approving Use of the Traditional Licensing Process

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a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File License Application and Request to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.

b. Project No.: 13254-002.

c. Date Filed: December 12, 2011.

d. Submitted By: City of Aspen.

e. Name of Project: Castle Creek Hydroelectric Project.

f. Location: On Maroon and Castle Creeks near the City of Aspen, in Pitkin County, Colorado. Parts of the Castle Creek Hydroelectric Project would occupy federal lands of the White River National Forest.

g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 of the Commission's regulations.

h. Potential Applicant Contact: David Hornbacher, City of Aspen, 130 South Galena Street, Aspen, CO 81611.

i. FERC Contact: Jim Fargo at (202) 502-6095; or email at

j. City of Aspen filed its request to use the Traditional Licensing Process on December 12, 2011. The city provided public notice of its request on December 19, 2011. In a letter dated February 2, 2012, the Director of the Office of Energy Projects approved the City of Aspen's request to use the Traditional Licensing Process.

k. With this notice, we are initiating informal consultation with: (a) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and the joint agency regulations thereunder at 50 CFR Part 402; and (b) the Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historical Preservation Act, and the implementing regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation at 36 CFR 800.2.

l. With this notice, we are designating the City of Aspen as the Commission's non-federal representative for carrying out informal consultation, pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, section 305 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

m. City of Aspen filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD; including a proposed process plan and schedule) with the Commission, pursuant to 18 CFR 5.6 of the Commission's regulations.

n. A copy of the PAD is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site (, using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in paragraph h. Register online at to be notified via email of new filing and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

Dated: February 14. 2012.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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