Execute Letter Agreement with Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District to Increase Annual Maximum Delivery from 16,500 to 20,000 acre-feet per year

Summary

SCH Number
2020070541
Lead Agency
Coachella Valley Water District
Document Title
Execute Letter Agreement with Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District to Increase Annual Maximum Delivery from 16,500 to 20,000 acre-feet per year
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
7/29/2020

Document Description
The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), executed a letter agreement with Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District (RRBWSD) that supplements the July 10, 2012, Assignment Agreement between CVWD and RRBWSD. The letter agreement executed, on July 14, 2020, increases the annual maximum delivery from 16,500 acre-feet per year (AFY) to 20,000 AFY when necessary to defer delivery to a subsequent year at the Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility (Whitewater). The purpose of this item is to provide added operational flexibility for management of the Rosedale water. The original Water Supply Agreement (Rosedale Agreement) was executed between Glorious Lands Company (GLC) and RRBWSD on January 1, 2005, and specified a firm annual delivery volume of 9,500 acre-feet (AF) with an option to purchase an additional 7,000 AF when available, for a maximum annual delivery of 16,500 AFY. CVWD assumed GLC's rights and responsibilities of the 2005 Rosedale Agreement with the July 10, 2012, Assignment Agreement with the same terms and conditions. Like CVWD' s other imported water supplies, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) exchanges the Rosedale water with MWD's Colorado River water to be delivered at Whitewater. Currently, when the Rosedale water is unable to be delivered by December 31 of the year in which it is made available to CVWD by RRBWSD, the water is carried over in San Luis Reservoir and delivered the following year, resulting in a potential exceedance of the annual 16,500 AFY maximum. The action provided in the July 14, 2020, letter agreement supplements the 2012 Assignment Agreement to increase the maximum amount of water that can be delivered in a given year from 16,500 AF to 20,000 AF, when necessary. Under the July 14, 2020, letter agreement, the firm annual delivery volume of 9,500 AFY does not change, and CVWD can take all, part, or none of the additional 7,000 AFY in years when it is available. The total amount delivered to CVWD from RRBWSD during the term of the Assignment Agreement remains the same at 252,500 AF delivered by September 30, 2035.

Contact Information
Elizabeth Meyerhoff
Coachella Valley Water District
75515 Hovley Lane East District
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Phone : (760) 398-2651

Location

Cities
Palm Springs
Counties
Riverside
Other Location Info
Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility located in north Palm Springs, within Riverside County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines §15378(a) and (b)(5); State CEQA Guideline §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this letter agreement is not subject to CEQA because it does not constitute a "project," i.e., pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines §15378(a) and §15378(b(5), whereas the action has no potential to result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment because the action will merely increase the maximum annual delivery in a given year, without changing the total water available from the Rosedale service area, the amount of water delivered during the life of the agreement or to another party, and constitutes an administrative activity that will not result in a direct or indirect physical adverse change in the environment not previously analyzed. See NOE for full details.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020070541_Execute Letter Agreement with Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District to Increase Annual Maximum Delivery   PDF 1423 K

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