Emergency Drought Barriers Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Water Resources, Department of (California Department of Water Resources)
Document Title
Emergency Drought Barriers Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration

Document Description
Rock (rip-rap) barrier weir structures would be installed at three sites (Sutter Slough, Steamboat Slough, and West False River) between 2015 and 2025. During this 10-year period, the barriers could be installed up to three times, including potentially in consecutive years. The purpose of the barriers is to reduce the intrusion of saltwater into the Delta during drought conditions when stored water in upstream reservoirs available for release is insufficient to meet Delta outflow required to repel San Francisco Bay salinity, which could (1) render Delta water undrinkable and affect roughly 25 million Californians, (2) render Delta water unusable by agriculture, and (3) decrease freshwater habitat in the Delta for sensitive aquatic species.

Contact Information
Doug Carlson
California Department of Water Resources
PO Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236

916 653 5114


Contra Costa Sacramento Yolo
Total Acres
State Highways
SR 84, 160
Other Location Info
Courtland, Walnut Grove

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Drought barriers)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Drought barriers
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Other Issues Other Issues: GHG
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board California Department of Boating and Waterways California Department of Parks and Recreation Caltrans, District 4 Delta Protection Commission Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 2 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Emergency Services, California Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Lands Commission
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