Bard Water District Seasonal Fallowing Program

Summary

SCH Number
2019120305
Lead Agency
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Document Title
Bard Water District Seasonal Fallowing Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/12/2019
Project Applicant
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Document Description
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) has approved entering into a seven-year Seasonal Fallowing Program with the Bard Water District. The Program would entail the temporary, seasonal (April through July) fallowing of farmland within the Bard Unit. Farmland would be fallowed by farmers within the Bard Unit who would voluntarily enter into agreements with Metropolitan under which Metropolitan would monetarily compensate those participants for temporarily fallowing farmland. This temporary, seasonal fallowing would reduce the Colorado River water used for irrigation in the Bard Water District, making increased water supplies available to be diverted into the Colorado River Aqueduct by Metropolitan. The program will not change the existing operational capacity of the Colorado River Aqueduct or result in an expansion of its use.

Contact Information
Diane Doesserich
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
P.O. Box 54153
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0153

Phone : (213) 217-7211

Location

Cities
Winterhaven
Counties
Imperial
Other Location Info
Bard Unit (see attached map)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action involves the temporary, seasonal fallowing of agricultural land along with minor modifications in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. These activities would result in negligible or no expansion of use of public or private facilities or features and no possibility of significantly impacting the physical environment. In addition, where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the proposed action in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the proposed action is not subject to CEQA.
Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action involves the temporary, seasonal fallowing of agricultural land along with minor modifications in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. These activities would result in negligible or no expansion of use of public or private facilities or features and no possibility of significantly impacting the physical environment. In addition, where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the proposed action in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the proposed action is not subject to CEQA.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019120305_Bard Water District   PDF 2113 K

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