WIIN Act Conversion Contract

Summary

SCH Number
2020100310
Lead Agency
Eagle Field Water District
Document Title
WIIN Act Conversion Contract
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/15/2020

Document Description
This project is for the execution of a contract to amend and convert Eagle Field Water District's ("District") existing contract with the United States, by and through the United States Bureau of Reclamation, for the delivery of 4,550 acre-feet (AF) of Central Valley Project ("CVP") water ("Conversion Contract"). Authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (Pub. L. 114-322, 130 Stat. 1628) (the "WIIN Act"), the Conversion Contract continues water service to the District in the same amounts as the District's CVP contract dating back to 1959, and is in the same scope and nature as ongoing CVP operations. The Conversion Contract allows the District to repay in one lump sum the capital construction costs incurred by the United States Bureau of Reclamation ("Reclamation") for the existing CVP facilities. The purpose of this Conversion Contract is to continue long-term and reliable delivery of CVP water to the District. The beneficiaries of this project are the landowners within the District. By converting its existing contract, the District will ensure continued water delivery that allows the District to continue to convey and deliver irrigation and municipal and industrial (M&I) water to the landowners in the District. The District, on behalf of its landowners, owns, operates, and maintains the facilities that supply CVP water from and deliver it to landowners in the District. Without the District, the landowners now receiving water would have a difficult time diverting and receiving surface water.

Contact Information
John F. Bennett
Eagle Field Water District
51170 West Althea Avenue
Firebaugh, CA 93622

Phone : (209) 364-6149

Location

Cities
Firebaugh
Counties
Fresno
Other Location Info
Eagle Field Water District

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Existing Facilities - Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301; and Common Sense Exemption - Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15061,
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines, § 15261 - Executing the Conversion Contract is statutorily exempt from CEQA because the water deliveries currently under contract were approved prior to November 23, 1970. The District entered into Contract No. 14-06-200-7754 ("Original Contract") with the United States on April 10, 1959 for the delivery of 4,550 AF of CVP water ("Project Water"). The Original Contract for Project Water was extended pursuant to Subsection 3404( c )( 1) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, whereby the United States and the District entered into interim renewal contract(s) identified as Contract Nos. 14-06-200-7754-IRl through 14-06-200- 77 54-IR8 (collectively, "Interim Contracts"), which provided for the delivery of Project Water to the District from March 1, 2005, through February 28, 2006. See NOE for full reasions why project is exempt.
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Ongoing Project - Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15261; Rates, Tolls, Fares, and Charges- Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15273
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines, § 15261 - Executing the Conversion Contract is statutorily exempt from CEQA because the water deliveries currently under contract were approved prior to November 23, 1970. The District entered into Contract No. 14-06-200-7754 ("Original Contract") with the United States on April 10, 1959 for the delivery of 4,550 AF of CVP water ("Project Water"). The Original Contract for Project Water was extended pursuant to Subsection 3404( c )( 1) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, whereby the United States and the District entered into interim renewal contract(s) identified as Contract Nos. 14-06-200-7754-IRl through 14-06-200- 77 54-IR8 (collectively, "Interim Contracts"), which provided for the delivery of Project Water to the District from March 1, 2005, through February 28, 2006. See NOE for full reasions why project is exempt.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020100310_Notice of Exemption (10   PDF 1325 K

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