Paradise Irrigation District Water Rights Permits Extension


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Paradise Irrigation District
Document Title
Paradise Irrigation District Water Rights Permits Extension
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
Town of Paradise GP: Agricultural Residential (AR), Rural Residential (RR), Multi-Family Residential (MR), Neighborhood Commercial (NC), Central Commercial (CC), Town Commercial (TC), Light Industrial (LI), Business Park (BP), Community Service (CS), Recreational (R), Public Institutional (PI), Open Space/Agriculture (OS/A), Timber Production (TP). Butte County GP: Residential Reserve (RR), Low Density Residential (LDR) Medium Density Residential (MDR), Light Industrial (LI), Industrial Reserve (IR) Community Commercial (CC), Highway Commercial (HC), Service Commercial (SC), Commercial Recreation (CR), Office (O), Park (P), and Elementary School (ES). Z: Various of the Town of Paradise. In Butte County: General Agriculture (A-2-10) - minimum 10 acres and Planned Development (PD).

Document Description
The Paradise Irrigation District (PID) is petitioning the State Water Resources Control Board for changes to Permit 271 (Water Right Application 476) and Permit 16040. Proposed changes include: an extension of time to build out water rights projects; change in method of diversion; purpose of use; and place of use. The existing PID project diverts water from Little Butte Creek to storage in both Magalia Reservoir and Paradise Reservoir under appropriative water rights granted in Permit 271. Fill of Paradise Reservoir under this permit is augmented by storage authorized in the companion water right Permit 16040. Through the proposed changes, the PID seeks to add direct diversion as a second method of diversion from Little Butte Creek at both Magalia Dam and Paradise Dam. PID proposes to add hydropower generation as a purpose of use along with existing domestic, municipal, and recreation use. The PID also seeks to expand the place of use to include three service areas that are currently within the Del Oro Water Company (i.e., Paradise Pines, Old Magalia and Lime Saddle Districts), and is requesting a 25-year extension of time to construct facilities and put the permitted water from Little Butte Creek to full use. As a consequence of the project, infrastructure improvements may be implemented in the future and are reasonably foreseeable consequences of implementing the project in order to make full beneficial use of the water allowed under Permits 271 and 16040. These improvements consist of: 1) Repairing and enlarging Magalia Dam; 2) Raising or modifying Paradise Dam; and 3) installation of a small hydropower plant on the outlet conduit from Paradise Dam. The future improvements could consist of one of these infrastructure projects or a combination of them. In addition, Paradise Irrigation District will also request that the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission approve expansion of the PID's sphere of influence (SOI) by approximately 20,300 acres (from the current SOI of 11,377 acres to a total of 31,677 acres).

Contact Information
George Barber
Paradise Irrigation District
5325 Black Olive Drive Po Box 2409
Paradise, CA 95969

Phone : (530) 877-4971


39°45'21"N 121°36'26"W
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 191, SR 99
Butte Creek, Little Butte Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Water Facilities (Dams Type) Other (Water Rights Expansion)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Sphere of Influence, Water Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Geologic/Seismic Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Water Quality Water Supply Growth Inducing Land Use
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Public Health California Department of Transportation, District 3 California Public Utilities Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Native American Heritage Commission Department of Water Resources

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