Minor Amendment Number 4 to Incidental Take Permit for Long-Term Operation of the State Water Project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (2081-2019-066-00)

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Summary

SCH Number
2019049121
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)
Document Title
Minor Amendment Number 4 to Incidental Take Permit for Long-Term Operation of the State Water Project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (2081-2019-066-00)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/6/2022
Document Description
https://The discretionary approval by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the issuance of the incidental take permit (ITP) amendment identified above. The ongoing operations of the State Water Project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh are expected to result in incidental take and impacts to habitat of Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys), Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), winter-run Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and spring-run Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Longfin Smelt and spring-run Chinook Salmon are designated as threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act. Delta Smelt and winter-run Chinook Salmon are designated as endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act. On May 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Emergency Proclamation as a result of the lack of precipitation within California, warm temperatures, and extremely dry soils depleting the expected runoff water from the Sierra-Cascade snowpack in water years 2020 and 2021. The May 10, 2021 Emergency Proclamation directed the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to consider modifying requirements for reservoir releases or diversion limitations to conserve water upstream later in the year in order to protect cold water pools for salmon and steelhead, improve water quality, protect carry over storage, or ensure minimum health and safety water supplies. On October 19, 2021, in an additional Emergency Proclamation, Governor Newsom stated that as 2021 continued, “sustained and extreme high temperatures have increased water loss from reservoirs and streams, increased demands from communities and agriculture, and further depleted California’s water supplies,” expanded the scope of the Emergency Proclamation statewide, and maintained his earlier orders and their provisions in full force and effect. On March 28, 2022, Governor Newsom issued an additional Emergency Proclamation maintaining the orders and provisions of his May and October 2021 proclamations in full force and effect. On March 18, 2022, the Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation submitted a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) to the SWRCB, requesting changes to certain flow and salinity requirements of Water Rights Decision 1641 (D-1641) from April through June, 2022. DWR also submitted an application for a minor amendment to the ITP, requesting changes to changes to Section 2.2 of the Project Description. Specifically, Permittee requested to change the description of Project operations for the April – June, 2022 time period to incorporate the TUCP’s modifications to Water Rights Decision 1641 (D-1641), as subsequently approved by the SWRCB. The SWRCB conditionally approved the TUCP on April 4, 2022. Minor Amendment 4 to the SWP ITP adds Section 2.2.2 to the Project Description as requested by DWR to incorporate changes to Delta outflow and salinity standards in D-1641 from April 4 – June 30, 2022, as approved by the SWRCB.

Contact Information

Name
Brooke Jacobs
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Environmental Program Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Sacramento
Counties
Sacramento
Regions
Statewide
Other Location Info
Sacramento River downstream of the confluence with the Feather River, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh in Solano, Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa Counties.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 21080(b)(3) and 15269(a)
Reasons for Exemption
The discretionary approval by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the issuance of the incidental take permit (ITP) amendment for Long-Term Operation of the State Water Project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (2081-2019-066-00)

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