Battle Creek, Tompkins Water Right Acquisition

Summary

SCH Number
2020040039
Lead Agency
Wildlife Conservation Board (California Wildlife Conservation Board)
Document Title
Battle Creek, Tompkins Water Right Acquisition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/3/2020

Document Description
The Project will acquire a pre-1914 appropriative water right and transfer ownership to the Willow Creek Mutual Water Company (WCMWC). Following transfer of ownership of the right, a petition will be filed under California Water Code (CWC) section 1707 to dedicate the right to instream flow in lower Battle Creek, coupled with a change in the point of diversion and place of use pursuant to CWC section 1706 to provide for downstream consumptive use of the water to enhance wetland habitat on private lands managed as part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge complex pursuant to wetland easements held by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Project also includes the development of an engineering design for modifying the diversion structure at the head of the Battle Creek Ranch Ditch to reduce the existing rate of diversion to ensure the water right is left in Battle Creek on a continual basis. The physical modification of the diversion structure will be implemented through a subsequent separate action.

Contact Information
John P. Donnelly
Department of Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Conservation Board
P. O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94420-2090

Phone : (916) 445-0137

Location

Cities
Anderson
Counties
Shasta
Other Location Info
Subject water right was formerly appurtenant to APN’s 009-040-28 and 009-040-24, which are now part of the Battle Creek Wildlife Area. Point of diversion for the water right is the headgate of Battle Creek Ranch Ditch.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301, Class 1, Existing Facilities; Section 15304, Class 4, Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of minor alterations in the condition of land or water; operation, repair, maintenance, and minor alteration of existing facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use for maintenance of wildlife habitat areas and stream flows; and environmental analysis or planning studies for possible future actions which the agency, board, or commission has not approved, adopted, or funded.
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262; feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions that the agency has not approved, adopted or
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of minor alterations in the condition of land or water; operation, repair, maintenance, and minor alteration of existing facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use for maintenance of wildlife habitat areas and stream flows; and environmental analysis or planning studies for possible future actions which the agency, board, or commission has not approved, adopted, or funded.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020040039_2020014_Battle_Creek_NOE   PDF 184 K

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