Sunrise Powerlink project
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Proposed Sunrise Powerlink project

The following images show areas of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as they appear today, and how they would look with the Sunrise Powerlink, an electrical transmission line proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric. The pictures and simulations were included in a draft environmental study of the project released in January by the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 5 — EXISTING VIEW
The existing view to the east toward proposed structure location SP133 (closest), from Old Kane Springs Road, approximately 0.8 mile east of its junction with SR 78. The vertical forms of an existing 92 kV wood pole transmission line are visible paralleling Old Kane Springs Road to the south (right). The flat, horizontal form of West Mesa is the dominant landform feature. A northeast spur ridge of the Vallecito Mountains is also visible in the right side of the image. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 5 — PROPOSED PROJECT
A visual simulation of the proposed project from Key Viewpoint 5 on eastbound Old Kane Springs Road, approximately 0.8 mile east of the junction with SR 78. The proposed project would parallel Old Kane Springs Road adjacent and to the south (right) of the road. This view to the west illustrates the transfer of an existing wood-pole 92 kV transmission line to an underbuild position on the proposed 500 kV lattice structures. The proposed structure and conductors would be prominently visible (accentuated by structure skylining) to travelers on Old Kane Springs Road. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 6 — EXISTING VIEW
The existing view to the southwest toward proposed structure location SP117 as the route approaches the Narrows along SR 78. The Narrows Substation with its complex structural form and industrial character is visible in the left side of the image. Also visible are several wood poles associated with another transmission line. This view is, from westbound SR 78, approximately 0.1 mile east of the Narrows Substation. The Narrows is a gap between the rugged angular forms of Vallecito Mountain to the south (left) and Yaqui Ridge to the north (right). (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 6 — VISUAL SIMULATION
A visual simulation of the proposed project from Key Viewpoint 6 on westbound SR 78, just east of the Narrows Substation. This view is to Key Viewpoint 6 the southwest toward The Narrows and proposed structures SP115 through SP117 (closest). As shown in the simulation, the project would be located to the north (right in the image) of SR 78 and would appear as a prominent feature in the landscape as the transmission line passes through The Narrows. As shown in the simulation, the existing 69 kV transmission line would be relocated underground. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 7
A: The existing view to the north toward proposed structure location SP1 04 from Mine Wash Road, approximately 0.3 mile south of SR 78 in ABDSP. The angular form of Yaqui Ridge rises abruptly from Mescal Bajada in the foreground.
B: This image presents a visual simulation of the proposed project paralleling SR 78 (not visible in the image) The transmission line would appear as a prominent linear, vertical feature in an otherwise natural appearing landscape. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 9 — EXISTING VIEW
The existing view to the south, toward Tamarisk Grove campground (grouping of trees) and proposed structure location SP92, from Station 6 on the Cactus Loop Trail. SR 78 is visible as the horizontal line beyond the trees in the center of the image. Yaqui Pass Road (S2) parallels the tree line on the north (near) side. The cactus loop trail ascends a ridge immediately north of the campground on the north side of Yaqui Pass Road. The dominant, angular to rounded land form of a north spur ridge of the North Pinyon Mountains provides a backdrop for this south view. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 9 — VISUAL SIMULATION
A visual simulation of the proposed project from Key Viewpoint 9 at Station 6 on the Cactus Loop Trail out of Tamarisk Grove campground. This view is to the south toward Tamarisk Grove campground and proposed structure SP92. The new H-frame structure would appear as a prominent feature in the landscape as the transmission line passes to the immediate south of the campground. As shown in the simulation, the existing wood pole structures would be relocated underground at this location. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 10 — EXISTING VIEW
The existing view to the west-southwest toward proposed structure locations SP84 and SP85, from Yaqui Well Primitive Camping Area, just west of Yaqui Pass Road (S3). This open, panoramic view across Yaqui Flat toward Grapevine Canyon encompasses an existing transmission line that would be removed along this portion of the proposed route. Grapevine Mountain is the prominent, angular landform in the left portion of the image. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 10 — VISUAL SIMULATION
A visual simulation of the proposed project from Key Viewpoint 10 in the Yaqui Well Primitive Camping Area, just west of Yaqui Pass Road (S3). This view is to the south-southeast down the proposed route (closest tower is SP85). The proposed structures and conductors would be prominently visible to visitors in the camping area and recreationists accessing Grapevine Canyon. Structure prominence would be accentuated where skylining occurs. As shown, the existing transmission line would be relocated to an underbuild position on the new structures. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 13 — EXISTING VIEW
The existing view to the east-southeast toward proposed structure location SP32, from Grapevine Canyon Road, just west of the State Park boundary. This view encompasses the existing wood-pole transmission line that the proposed project would parallel (would not be removed) along this portion of the route. A portion of an existing rural residential property is visible in the lower right corner of the image. There are several rural residences in proximity to the route in upper Grapevine Canyon. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
KEY VIEWPOINT 13 — VISUAL SIMULATION
A visual simulation of the proposed project from Key Viewpoint 13 on Grapevine Canyon Road, just west of the State Park boundary. This view is to the east-southeast toward proposed structures SP32 (closest) through SP36. The proposed project would be prominently visible in the narrow canyon and would introduce considerable industrial character and structural complexity, which would contrast with the predominantly rural landscape. The structures and conductors would also cause substantial view blockage of the background canyon features. (California Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Bureau of Land Management)
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