2020 Coastal Outage


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Water Resources, Department of (California Department of Water Resources)
Document Title
2020 Coastal Outage
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Department of Water Resources, San Joaquin Field Division
Present Land Use
State Water Project Coastal Branch Right-of-Way and Private Cattle Grazing Land

Document Description
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) San Joaquin Field Division (SJFD) performs yearly maintenance to the State Water Project (SWP). This requires that specific portions of the California Aqueduct (CAAQ) coastal branch be shut down and emptied of all water, so that SJFD personnel can safely perform the various maintenance activities (electrical, mechanical, corrosion protection, inspection). This work, known as the 2020 Coastal Outage, will require the dewatering of the Devil's Den Pumping Plant Forebay(DEPP), the Bluestone Pumping Plant Forebay(BLPP), and Polonio Pumping Plant forebay(POPP). Water from BLPP and POPP will be discharged into an adjacent natural drainages. Water from DEPP will be discharged into a nearby sediment basin. The 2019 Coastal Outage will begin on October 5, 2020 and end November 25, 2020. Dewatering activities will begin will take approximately 10-14 days to complete. The project benefits public and private lands that depend on the California Aqueduct water delivery.

Contact Information
Juan Arellano
Department of Water Resources - San Joaquin Field Division
4201 Sabodan St.
Bakersfield, CA 93313

Phone : (661) 858-5664


Lost Hills
Kern San Luis Obispo
Cross Streets
Kecks Rd.
State Highways
Hwy 46

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (b)
Reasons for Exemption
This project consists of maintenance activities that support the function of the California Aqueduct and water delivery within the State Water Project.


Notice of Exemption
NOE-2020 Coastal Outage   PDF 678 K

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