Conveyance of up to 50,00 acre-feet of Westlands Water District's 2017 Central Valley Project (CVP) water to Semitropic Water Storage District's Groundwater Ban

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Summary

SCH Number
2017051016
Lead Agency
Westlands Water District
Document Title
Conveyance of up to 50,00 acre-feet of Westlands Water District's 2017 Central Valley Project (CVP) water to Semitropic Water Storage District's Groundwater Ban
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) Contractor service areas and existing CVP and SWP project facilities in Fresno, Kings, and Kern Counties. Westlands Water District (WWD), on behalf of certain WWD growers (some of which are common landowners in the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) service area), proposes to divert up to 50,000 acre-feet (AF) of Central Valley Project (CVP) supplies for delivery to Semitropic Water Storage District's (Semitropic) banking facilities in the 2017-18 water year. Semitropic, a member unit of KCWA, would facilitate the return of this water in future years to meet the applicable growers' crop demands in WWD. The parties anticipate that WWD CVP supplies would move to Semitropic for banking in the spring of 2017 through May 31, 2018. The up to 50,000 AF of WWD CVP water supply proposed for temporary diversion and storage at Semitropic is currently stored within the federal share of San Luis Reservoir, and scheduled for delivery to WWD prior to March 1, 2018 (or delivered within the anticipated 2017-18 rescheduling period that may extend through May 31, 2018). The WWD CVP water supply would be released from the federal share of San Luis Reservoir and conveyed through the San Luis Canal and California Aqueduct, and ultimately delivered at Semitropic turnouts within Reach 10A of the California Aqueduct, and/or KCWA turnouts where Semitropic has rights to deliver water to the Kern Water Bank (Reach 12E or otherwise). Semitropic would use the delivery of WWD CVP water for groundwater banking (in-lieu or direct groundwater infiltration). The applicable WWD growers would receive a banking credit in Semitropic which could be used to return water to such WWD growers at a later date.

Contact Information
Jose Gutierrez
Westlands Water District
3130 N Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93703-6056

559-224-1523

Location

Counties
Kern Fresno
State Highways
41, I-5
Railways
SP
Waterways
CA Aqueduct
Base
MDBM

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
WWD - Westlands Water District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
N/A

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
N/A
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