City of Sacramento 2020 Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
City of Sacramento 2020 Groundwater Substitution Water Transfer
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City of Sacramento (City) is conducting a one-year 2020 groundwater substitution water transfer. The City will pump an additional 14,000 acre-feet of groundwater from July through November 2020 to substitute for reduced deliveries of surface water. With 13 percent streamflow depletion, up to 12,180 acre-feet of surface water foregone by the City will enter the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta (Delta). After Delta carriage water, DWR will export the remaining amount through Banks Pumping Plant and deliver to Dudley Ridge Water District (DRWD), County of Kings (KC), Alameda County Water District (ACWD) and Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) during July through November 2020.

Contact Information

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


Other Location Info
Sacramento County in the American River Watershed

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
The City filed a Petition for Temporary Change with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on May 1, 2020, pursuant to Water Code § 1725 et seq. The SWRCB approved the transfer on July 6, 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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