2019 Water Exchange between United Water Conservation District and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Summary

SCH Number
2019100501
Lead Agency
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Document Title
2019 Water Exchange between United Water Conservation District and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/24/2019
Project Applicant
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Document Description
The project involves a 2: 1 water exchange between SCVWA and UWCD. The project would allow SCVWA a one-time transfer of up to 2,000 AF of its 2019 SWP Table A water supply, in exchange for up to 1, 000 AF of water from future allocated UWCD's share of SWP Table A Water Supply. UWCD will take delivery of exchange water between October 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 of SWP Table A water through Reach 29 or Reach 30 of the California Aqueduct. The project will use existing SWP facilities for this exchange. The agreement has a term of ten years and return water shall be delivered by December 31, 2029. Return water will be delivered through existing SWP facilities utilizing UWCD's share of Ventura County Watershed Protection District's future SWP Table A Water Supply. Return water will be delivered up to a maximum amount of 500 acre-feet per year.

Contact Information
Dirk Marks
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
27234 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita,, CA 91350

Phone : (661) 513-1297

Location

Counties
Los Angeles Ventura
Other Location Info
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency ("SCVWA") is located in Los Angeles County. United Water Conservation District ("UWCD") is located in Ventura County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) provides that a Lead Agency may determine an activity to be exempt from CEQA based upon the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects that have a potential for causing significant environmental impacts. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question mayhave a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. SCVWA finds that approval of the proposed water transfer has no possibility for significant effect on the environment for the following reasons: 1. The proposed action consists of a one-time water transfer that will use existing facilities and would not require any construction or grading. 2. The proposed action does not constitute a new permanent source of water supply and will not result in any growth inducing or cumulative environmental impacts. 3. There will be no land use changes or additional agricultural acreage being cultivated as a result of the proposed project. Additionally, since the project will rely on the operation of existing facilities, there will be no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the Lead Agency's determination and will not have a significant effect on the physical environment. The project also qualifies for a categorical exemption from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301. None of the exceptions listed in Section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines would apply to the proposed action.
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15061
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) provides that a Lead Agency may determine an activity to be exempt from CEQA based upon the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects that have a potential for causing significant environmental impacts. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question mayhave a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. SCVWA finds that approval of the proposed water transfer has no possibility for significant effect on the environment for the following reasons: 1. The proposed action consists of a one-time water transfer that will use existing facilities and would not require any construction or grading. 2. The proposed action does not constitute a new permanent source of water supply and will not result in any growth inducing or cumulative environmental impacts. 3. There will be no land use changes or additional agricultural acreage being cultivated as a result of the proposed project. Additionally, since the project will rely on the operation of existing facilities, there will be no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the Lead Agency's determination and will not have a significant effect on the physical environment. The project also qualifies for a categorical exemption from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301. None of the exceptions listed in Section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines would apply to the proposed action.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019100501_Exchange 2019-OCR   PDF 945 K

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