Bella Vista Water District
Temporary CVP Water Transfer From Bella Vista Water District to Colusa County Water District
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Bella Vista Water District (“BVWD”) proposes to transfer up to 4,700 acre-feet of Project Irrigation Water to the Colusa County Water Districts (“CCWD”). The source of the transfer water is a contractual entitlement under a Central Valley Project (“CVP”) water service contract between the United States Bureau of Reclamation and BVWD. CCWD is also a CVP contractor within the same area of origin as BVWD and therefore the transfer will be conducted in accordance with Section 3405(a)(1)(M) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. The water to be transferred will be provided by BVWD for use by CCWD in Colusa County via conveyance through the existing Red Bluff Pumping Plant and Tehama-Colusa Canal facilities. This transfer is needed to supplement CCWD supplies for irrigated agricultural production due to a reduced CVP water supply allocation in the 2020 water year. The proposed action is within the authorized CVP place of use; and uses existing CVP water supply, diversion and conveyance facilities; the transfer will be conducted using existing facilities of the CVP and Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority and will not require or result in an increase in capacity of those facilities.