Montecito Water District Participation in the Semitropic Water Banking and Exchange Project
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Montecito Water District boundary & service area
The project involves conjunctive use of surface and groundwater through iterative exchanges through the San Luis Reservoir, the Semitropic, SWRU, and delivery via the existing SWP delivery system (Project). Specifically, on Nov. 15, 2017, MWD entered into an agreement with the Semitropic for Participation in the Stored Water Recovery Unit of the Semitropic Water Banking and Exchange Program (Semitropic Agreement). The Semitropic Agreement provides for MWD's participation in a long-term water storage and banking program (Semitropic Water Bank) whereby MWD's SWP supplies may be delivered to Semitropic, stored in the Semitropic Water Bank, and later returned to MWD.
To permit this arrangement, DWR's approval of an exchange of SWP water between KCWA and Santa Barbara County (Exchange) is required. The terms and conditions of the Exchange are described in the Long-Term Change in Point of Delivery Agreement for the Semitropic Water Banking and Exchange Program between Santa Barbara County, KCWA, and DWR. Additionally, agreements between Santa Barbara and CCWA, and CCWA and MWD, are required to implement the project.
(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
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