Delta Conveyance Project

5 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Delta Conveyance Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
Project Description: The Delta Conveyance Project (“DCP”) seeks to develop new diversion and conveyance facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (“Delta”) to restore and protect the reliability of State Water Project (“SWP”) water deliveries and, potentially, Central Valley Project (“CVP”) water deliveries south of the Delta. The proposed water conveyance facilities would divert up to 6,000 cfs of water from two new north Delta intakes along the Sacramento River between Freeport and the confluence with Sutter Slough. Water would be conveyed via a single tunnel on an eastern alignment directly to a new pumping plant and aqueduct complex between Byron Highway and Mountain House Road near Mountain House in the south Delta and discharged to the Bethany Reservoir for delivery to existing SWP export facilities (Figure 1). This complex would be called the Bethany Complex and the DCP is designated in the EIR as Alternative 5—Bethany Reservoir Alignment, 6,000 cfs, Intakes B and C. On December 21, 2023, DWR, as the Lead Agency, certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (“FEIR”) for the DCP. There remains additional necessary design, planning, and permitting work prior to DCP implementation and construction. In January 2024, the Delta Conveyance Design & Construction Authority (“DCA”) Board of Directors approved the Eighth Amendment to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement to extend the Planning Phase under that agreement through the conclusion of design, planning, and permitting work for the DCP. To assist DWR’s continued work as part of the Planning Phase, DWR has requested that DCA undertake exploratory field investigations to inform planning and design work and other related DCP activities. On April 19, 2024, DCA considered the FEIR certified by DWR for the DCP, made responsible agency findings under State CEQA Guidelines sections 15091 and 15096, adopted a mitigation monitoring and reporting program, adopted a statement of overriding considerations, and issued an approval authorizing its Executive Director to issue task orders, contracts, expenditures, and other approvals necessary to undertake exploratory field investigations to inform planning and design work and other actions related to the DCP as directed by DWR. The Project consists of the construction, operation, and maintenance of new State Water Project (SWP) water diversion and conveyance facilities in the Delta that would be operated in coordination with the existing SWP facilities. The Project would include the following key components and actions. • Two intake facilities along the Sacramento River in the north Delta near the community of Hood with on-bank intake structures that would include fish screens. • A concrete-lined tunnel, and associated vertical tunnel shafts, to convey flow from the intakes about 45 miles to the south to the Bethany Reservoir Pumping Plant and Surge Basin at a location south of the existing SWP Clifton Court Forebay. • A Bethany Reservoir Pumping Plant to lift the water from inside the tunnel below ground into the Bethany Reservoir Aqueduct for conveyance to the Bethany Reservoir Discharge Structure and into the existing Bethany Reservoir. • Other ancillary facilities to support construction and operation of the conveyance facilities including, but not limited to, access roads, concrete batch plants, fuel stations, and power transmission and/or distribution lines. • Efforts to identify geotechnical, hydrogeologic, agronomic, and other field conditions that will guide appropriate construction methods and monitoring programs for final engineering design and construction. Volume 1, Chapter 3, Description of the Proposed Project and Alternatives, of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) provides further information on the above components and actions and related activities required as part of the Project (e.g. park-and-ride lots). The EIR evaluates Project operations based on the Project design and what was known and reasonably foreseeable when the EIR was prepared, but DWR acknowledges that: (1) operations will not occur for well over 15 to 20 years due, in part, to the time required to complete construction of the project, and (2) new information of substantial importance or substantial changes could occur with respect to Project design or the circumstances under which the Project is undertaken. Under these conditions, prior to the commencement of operations, DWR would evaluate whether subsequent CEQA review is required before undertaking any discretionary actions that may be required to change Project design or operational criteria such that they are sufficiently protective to environmental resources.

Contact Information

Graham Bradner
Agency Name
Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Responsible Agency


Alameda, Alamo, Albany, Antioch, Benicia, Berkeley, Brentwood, Byron, Citrus Heights, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Davis, Dixon, Dublin, El Cerrito, Elk Grove, Emeryville, Escalon, Fairfield, Folsom, Fremont, Galt, Hayward, Hercules, Isleton, Lafayette, Lathrop, Livermore, Lodi, Manteca, Martinez, Moraga, Newark, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Richmond, Rio Vista, Ripon, Sacramento, San Leandro, San Pablo, San Ramon, Stockton, Suisun City, Tracy, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland
Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Yolo
Cross Streets
See Attachment 1, Project Location, Figure 1, Project Location
State Highways
Hwy 160
Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, the legal Delta
Other Information
The project area consists of the construction footprint of the project facilities. The physical footprint of the Project would lie primarily within the boundaries of the statutorily defined Delta. Additionally, certain facilities that would be constructed under the Project would be located southeast of the statutory Delta (see Figure 1, Project Location).

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
County Clerks
Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Yolo
Final Environmental Document Available at
California Department of Water Resources, 1516 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95814, or Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority, 980 9th Street, Suite 2400, Sacramento, CA 95814


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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