Garden Highway Mutual Water Company 2020 Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Garden Highway Mutual Water Company 2020 Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Garden Highway Mutual Water Company (Garden Highway) is conducting a one-year 2020 Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer Program. Garden Highway will forgo 6,497 acre-feet of surface water diversions and pump an equivalent amount of groundwater from Garden Highway-owned wells from June through September 2020. With a 24 percent streamflow depletion factor, up to 4,937.72 acre-feet of surface water foregone by Garden Highway will be made available to for export at Banks Pumping Plant. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will convey up to 4,937.72 acre-feet, minus carriage water, of the transfer water to Dudley Ridge Water District, County of Kings, Alameda County Water District, and Kern County Water Agency between July 1 and September 30, 2020.

Contact Information

BG Heiland
Agency Name
Department of Water Resources State Water Project Analysis
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Northern Sacramento Valley within Sutter County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Water Code §1729. See also Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15282, subd. (u).
Reasons for Exemption
Garden Highway filed a Petition for Temporary Change with the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) on April 1, 2020, pursuant to Water Code § 1725 et seq. The Board approved the transfer on June 4, 2020. In accordance with Water Code § 1729, temporary changes filed in accordance with Water Code, § 1725, et seq. (Temporary Changes) are exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. (Pub. Resources Code, § 2100; see also Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15282, subd. (u).)


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