Reasons for Exemption
A VEK and DWP have already filed Notices of Exemption for the transfer of 100 acre-feet of the Nickel Water to LADWP, with each finding that the transfer is categorically
exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section I 530 I. (See SCH No. 2019048435 .) The Agency likewise finds the Project exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section 15301 because implementation of the Project would consist of the operation of existing public infrastructure. The Project would not result in any new construction or other activity that could adversely impact the environment.
Furthermore, the Project is additionally exempt under State CEQA Guidelines section 15061 (b )(3), which exempts those activities for which it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment. Here, the Project is exempt from CEQA as there is no possibility that it will have any significant effect on the environment; in particular, the Project merely involves the transfer of I 00 acre-feet of water (to which the Agency already has long term lease rights) through existing infrastructure designed: to facilitate such transfer.