Delivery of the Kern County Water Agency's State Water Project Water to Westlands Water District and Arroyo Pasajero MWC on behalf of Kern-Tulare Water District

Summary

SCH Number
2020100522
Lead Agency
Kern County Water Agency
Document Title
Delivery of the Kern County Water Agency's State Water Project Water to Westlands Water District and Arroyo Pasajero MWC on behalf of Kern-Tulare Water District
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/28/2020
Project Applicant
Kern County Water Agency

Document Description
In 2020, Kern-Tulare Water District (Kern-Tulare) will exchange up to 1,900 acre-feet (af) of its previously banked Central Valley Project (CVP) water in West Kern Water District's Groundwater Banking Project with Fresno Irrigation District (Fresno) for a like amount of Fresno's CVP and/or Kings River water. In exchange for an equal amount of Kern-Tulare's previously banked CVP water, the Kern County Water Agency (Agency) will deliver its State Water Project (SWP) water on behalf of Kern-Tulare to Westlands Water District (Westlands). Westlands will deliver up to 100 af of the SWP water to Arroyo Pasajero Mutual Water Company within its service area. This transfer was included in an amendment to the State Water Resources Control Board's 2020 Consolidated Place of Use Order.

Contact Information
Monica Tennant
Kern County Water Agency
3200 Rio Mirada Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Phone : (661) 634-1419
Fax : (661) 634-1401
mtennant@kcwa.com

Location

Counties
Fresno Kern
Regions
Statewide
Other Information
Central Valley Project and State Water Project service areas

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)3 provides a lead agency may determine an activity to be exempt based on a general rule that CEQA applies only to projects that have a potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. The Agency finds that approval of the proposed water transfer has no possibility of significant effect on the environment for the following reasons: 1. The proposed action consists of a one-time water transfer that will use existing facilities and would not require any construction or grading; 2. The proposed action does not constitute a new permanent source of water supply and will not result in any growth inducing or cumulative environmental impacts; 3. There will be no change in land use.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301(b)
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15301(b) provides that a lead agency may determine an activity to be exempt from CEQA in that it utilizes only existing facilities. This transfer involves delivery water entirely within the Agency's service area, and exclusively utilizes existing facilities.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Agency_KCFiled_NOE_KTWD_WWD   PDF 506 K

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