Project proposes to install pumps at two Check Structures along the California Aqueduct (Aqueduct). This will allow the Participating Districts (Dudley Ridge Water District, Belridge Water Storage District, Berrenda Mesa Water District, Lost Hills Water District, and Semitropic Water Storage (District) to transport previously stored water into the Aqueduct and delivering upstream to their districts via reverse flow in the Aqueduct when necessary during the period from May 2014 through April 2015, where it would then be accessible to the Participating Districts. Project implementation will allow the Participating Districts to mitigate water shortage impacts resulting from both the 2013-2014 drought and the current 5 percent State Water Project (SWP) water allocation.
Allow for specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency. The Governor's proclamation of a continued state of emergency, issued April 25, 2014, gives this proposed Project an exemption. Specifically, paragraphs 9 and 19, which state that, the DWR will expedite the consideration and, where appropriate, the implementation, of pump-back delivery of water through the State Water Project on behalf of water districts. Environmental review required by the CEQA is suspended to allow these actions to take place as quickly as possible. Specifically, for actions taken by state agencies pursuant to directives 2, 3, 6-10, 13, 15 and 17, for all actions taken pursuant to directive 12 when the Office of Planning and Research concurs that local actions is required, and for all necessary permits needed to implement these respective actions, Division 13 (commencing with section 21000) of the Public Resources Code and regulations adopted pursuant to that Division are hereby suspended. The entities implementing these directives will maintain on their websites a list of the activities or approvals for which these provisions are suspended. This suspension and that provided in paragraph 9 of the January 17, 2014 Proclamation will expire on December 31, 2014, except that actions started prior to that date shall not be subject to Division 13 for the time required to complete them.