2020 Temporary Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sacramento, City of (City of Sacramento)
Document Title
2020 Temporary Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Project Applicant
City of Sacramento

Document Description
The City of Sacramento is participating with five other regional water agencies in a regional water transfer project to provide up to 18,500 acre-feet of water to Buyers in 2020. As part of a regional water transfer led by the City, Golden State Water Company (GSWC) will temporarily transfer up to 2,500 acre-feet of its pre-1914 water rights water supplies that have been quantified and are made available on a perpetual basis by the United States Bureau of Reclamation under a contract. The water demands that would otherwise be served by GSWC's delivery of this surface water to its customers will instead be satisfied by increased groundwater pumping by GSWC. That pumping will occur within existing historical baselines and the requirements of an existing groundwater management plan administered by the Sacramento Central Groundwater Authority (SCGA). The transfer water will be exported by DWR using existing State Water Project (SWP) facilities during the summer and fall of 2020. However, the transfer water may be temporarily stored in San Luis Reservoir for later delivery to an individual Buyer's service area.

Contact Information
Scott Johnson
City of Sacramento
300 Richards Blvd., Third Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone : (916) 808-5842


Other Location Info
The City of Sacramento provides wholesale and retail water services within the City of Sacramento's water rights place of use in Sacramento County. Dudley Ridge Water District, Kern County Water Agency, Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District, County of Kings, Palmdale Water District, and Alameda County Water Agency (collectively the "Buyers") manage and operate facilities for the distribution of water to customers in each respective agency's service area, including water purchased by each agency from the State Water Project (SWP). Transfer water will be made available in the Lower American River, conveyed to the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) via the American and Sacramento Rivers, pumped into the California Aqueduct through the Department of Water Resources' Harvey 0. Banks Pumping Plant, and delivered to the Buyers via State Water Project facilities.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of Sacramento
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
City of Sacramento, City Clerk's Office 915 I Street, Fifth Floor, Sacramento, California 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


Notice of Determination
2020050212_2020 Temporary Groundwater   PDF 1221 K

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