Approval of Amendment No. 4 to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement ("JEPA") between the Department of Water Resources and the Delta Conveyance Design and

Summary

SCH Number
2020090566
Lead Agency
Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority (Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority - Delta Conveyance Finance Authority)
Document Title
Approval of Amendment No. 4 to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement ("JEPA") between the Department of Water Resources and the Delta Conveyance Design and
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/30/2020

Document Description
Title Cont.: Construction Joint Powers Authority (hereinafter, the "Amendment") On September 17, 2020, the Authority approved Amendment No. 4 to the JEPA. The Amendment provides for certain administrative, organizational, ministerial, and budgetary amendments to the JEP A. Amendment No. 4 to the JEPA does not commit the Authority to any current or future project, and it does not entail any construction or other activity that could result in a potentially adverse impact to the environment.

Contact Information
Kathryn Mallon
Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority
980 9th Street, Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 347-0486

Location

Counties
Contra Costa Sacramento San Joaquin Solano Yolo
Other Location Info
The Amendment has no specific location as it does not entail construction, development, or any other activity that could potentially result in a significant environmental impact. The JEPA generally authorizes the Authority to provide planning, environmental support, and outreach services to the Department of Water Resources at it conducts environmental review to consider a Delta conveyance project and alternatives. While the Amendment does not in any way approve or commit the Authority to a Delta conveyance project, DWR anticipates the Delta conveyance project will span Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Solano counties.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
15060( c )(3), l 5378(a), (b)(2)(4)(5), 15061, subd. (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The Authority's approval of the Amendment does not qualify as a "project" subject to CEQA because it constitutes (1) continuing administrative or maintenance activities, such as general policy and procedure making; (2) government fiscal activities that do not involve any commitment to any specific project that may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment; and (3) organizational or administrative activities of a public agency that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. (State CEQA Guidelines, §§ 15060(c)(3), 15378(b)(2)(4)(5).) Moreover, the approval of the Amendment does not qualify as a "project" because it does not have a potential to result in either a direct, or reasonably foreseeable indirect, physical change in the environment. (State CEQA Guidelines, § 15378(a).) Alternatively, the Authority's approval of the Amendment is exempt from CEQA under the common sense exemption set forth in State CEQA Guidelines section 15061 (b )(3), as it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020090566_Approval of Amendment NOE   PDF 874 K

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