The Water Resources Agency manages, protects, stores and conserves water resources in Monterey County for beneficial and environmental use, while minimizing damage from flooding to create a safe and sustainable water supply for present and future generations.
At the Nacimiento Dam, there is an indoor powerplant housing two small hydroelectric units. Unit one is a Francis turbine with rotor and stator capable of generating up to 4418 kVA. Unit two is an induction generator capable of producing 375 kW. The Powerplant was constructed in 1987 and is situated on the downstream slope at the base of the dam on the south side. The facility is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). There is a long-term Power Purchase Agreement in place.