Temporary Urgency Change Petition


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Temporary Urgency Change Petition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Through the Temporary Urgency Petition, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is seeking a modification of a term in Water Rights Decision 1641 that conditions the use of JPOD upon all provisions of its permits being satisfied. DWR is asking that language be added to the term which would clarify that JPOD operations may occur even if south delta salinity objectives are not being met as long as the State Water Resources Control Board's Executive Officer determines that the exceedances of the objectives is outside the control of DWR, and that the use of JPOD will not adversely affect the salinity in the south delta. The Beneficiaries of the project will be DWR and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and subsequently the south-of-Delta water suppliers that are facing emergency shortages this summer due to the current drought and a recent court order significantly reducing the export of water from the Delta.

Contact Information
Erick Soderlund
California Department of Water Resources
Lead/Public Agency
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 94236

Phone : (916) 653-8826



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Emergency Project (Sec.21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c) On June 12, 2008, after assessing the full impact that the severe water shortages have had on San Joaquin Valley agriculture, Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency in nine Central Valley counties. The emergency proclamation states that the emergency exemptions in sections 21080(b)(3) and 21172 of the Public Resources Code shall apply to all activities and projects ordered and directed under this proclamation, to the fullest extent allowed by law. Included in the activities listed in the proclamation is the direction to DWR to file necessary water right urgency change petitions to facilitate surface water transfers and the use of joint point of diversion by the SWP and Central Valley Project. Thus, according to the emergency proclamation, this petition is exempt from CEQA. Additionally, changing the language of the term in D-1641 pertains to the operation of an existing public facility and would involve negligible or no expansion of and existing use.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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