Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2020 Water Transfer Program


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Biggs-West Gridley Water District
Document Title
Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2020 Water Transfer Program
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use

Document Description
The Biggs-West Gridley Water District (BWGWD) proposes to sell during the 2020 irrigation season up to 20,658 acre-feet (AF) of water generated by idling up to 6,260 acres to participating member districts of the State Water Contractors, Incorporated or other South of Delta purchasers, including Central Valley Project contractors (collectively, "Buyers"). Buyers and others are seeking up to approximately 300,000 AF of transfer water from various willing sellers in the Sacramento Valley during the 2020 irrigation season. Purchasing this water would lessen potential water supply shortages to these parties that may occur as a result of dry hydrologic conditions and regulatory restrictions on pumping in the Delta. As a willing seller, the BWGWD would make up to 20 ,658 AF of water available to Buyers by idling cropland (i .e., non-irrigation of farmland by voluntary participants). Water made available by crop idling within the boundaries of the BWGWD would then be retained and stored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for delivery to Buyers. The BWGWD's proposed transfer will comply with the most current Draft Technical Information for Preparing Water Transfer Proposals prepared by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), dated December 2019 (Draft Technical Information), as applicable to land idling transfers.

Contact Information
Eugene Massa
Biggs-West Gridley Water District
1713 West Biggs Gridley Road
Gridley, CA 95948

Phone : (530) 846-3317



Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (1-year water transfer)
Local Action
Water Transfer
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Water Quality Water Supply Land Use
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 3 California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 California State Lands Commission Central Valley Flood Protection Board Delta Stewardship Council Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance California Department of Water Resources


Environmental Document
BWGWD 2020 Water Transfer IS-MND (signed final admin draft 3-13-2020) (00168403xE2E14)   PDF 2335 K
NOC   PDF 1391 K
State Comments
2020039051_DWR Comment   PDF 243 K

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