Petition for Temporary Urgency Change for Water Rights Permit 16482


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Petition for Temporary Urgency Change for Water Rights Permit 16482
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The critically dry conditions in 2008, pumping restrictions in the Delta and the projected drawdown at San Luis Reservoir has led to a critical shortage in water available for the irrigation of permanent crops in land within Westlands Water District. DWR is requesting a Temporary Urgency Change to allow the delivery of State Water Project water allocated to the service area of the Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District to land within WWD to alleviate the critical shortage in water supply.

Contact Information
Nancy Quan
California Department of Water Resources
Lead/Public Agency
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Phone : (916) 653-0190



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Existing Fac.-Class1,Sec.15301
Reasons for Exemption
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 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 the 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. Thus, according to the emergency proclamation, this petition is exempt from CEQA.

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