Five-Year Coordinated Water Operations Agreement with Kern County Water Agency


SCH Number
Public Agency
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Document Title
Five-Year Coordinated Water Operations Agreement with Kern County Water Agency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) proposes to enter into a five-year coordinated water operations agreement with Kern County Water Agency (KCWA). Under the Agreement, Metropolitan would have the option to deliver up to 50,000 acre-feet of its State Water Project (SWP) Table A supplies annually to KCWA during the summer months to offset KCWA's groundwater pumping requirements. In exchange, Metropolitan would receive a like amount of high-quality water from KCWA in the fall and winter months. The Agreement would also allow Metropolitan to schedule the return water in a future year, if desirable, and includes protections to ensure the water is returned, and that it is of acceptable quality. Metropolitan and KCWA would each pay its actual costs for conveying and pumping the water, but neither party would be required to pay the other a fee or any additional costs for the exchange. This no cost, one-for-one exchange would benefit KCWA by shifting groundwater pumping from the summer to the fall and winter months when energy costs are lower. Metropolitan would benefit by improving the quality of water it receives from the California Aqueduct by scheduling the return water during periods of elevated bromide and total organic carbon levels in its SWP supplies.

Contact Information

Delaine W. Shane
Agency Name
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, Los Angeles, City of
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographic features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination.

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