Ongoing Operations of the State Water Project (SWP)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Ongoing Operations of the State Water Project (SWP)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
DWR secured water rights and began operating the SWP in 1967. During the following decades, the SWP has provided water to contracting agencies throughout the SWP service area. DWR operates the CWP in coordination with the CVP, which is operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). Note: See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Dean Messer
Agency Name
California Department of Water Resources
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
County: Various Location Specific: The project location encompasses SWP and Central valley Project (CVP) water diversion, storage, and conveyance facilities and SWP and CVP service areas. Note: See NOE for full details.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC 21169; Sec. 15261(a)
Reasons for Exemption
Projects that were approved prior to the enactment of CEQA, November 23, 1970, are exempt. In this case, the SWP was constructed in relevant part and operational prior to November 23, 1970. At The time that CEQA was enacted, the operational scope of SW{ activities was broad, providing DWR a wide range of discretion to determine how to deliver water to the SWP service area, including how to operate pumps, manager carryover storage, and coordinate with Reclamations CVP operations. Note: See NOE for full details.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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