Approval of a resolution authorizing the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency to participate in the proposed Delta Conveyance Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020110341
Lead Agency
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Document Title
Approval of a resolution authorizing the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency to participate in the proposed Delta Conveyance Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/20/2020
Project Applicant
Rick Vasilopulos
Present Land Use
The Resolution and activity it approved has no specific location or land use as it does not entail construction or development

Document Description
On November 17, 2020, the Agency approved Resolution No.SCV-184 The Resolution authorized the Agency’s General Manager to (1) inform DWR that the Agency desires to participate in the Delta Conveyance Project at a 2.6 percent participation level of the Agency’s Table A amount (the Agency already has a long-term water contract with DWR for the delivery of State Water Project water, and the Resolution does nothing to amend that contract); (2) execute a funding agreement with DWR for environmental planning costs associated with the Delta Conveyance Project; and (3) execute a Joint Powers Agreement to become a member of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (“DCA”). The resolution does not commit the Agency to any current or future project, and it does not entail any construction or other activity that could result in a potential physical change to the environment.

Contact Information
Rick Vasilopulos
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
26501 Summit Circle
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Phone : (661) 705-7912
rvasilopulos@scvwa.org

Location

Cities
Santa Clarita
Counties
Los Angeles Ventura
Regions
Statewide
Other Information
There is no specific location as the resolution and activity it approves does not entail any construction or development

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines section 16060(c)(3), 15378(a)(b)(2)(4)(5)
Reasons for Exemption
The Agency’s approval of the Resolution 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).) Moreover, the approval of the Resolution 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).)
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines section 15262
Reasons for Exemption
Agency’s approval of the Resolution is statutorily exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section 15262, as the Resolution concerned “feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions [that] the agency … has not approved, adopted, or funded.” (State CEQA Guidelines, § 15262.) Notably, although the Resolution provides for some funding for the environmental planning costs associated with the Delta Conveyance Project, it provides for no funding for the construction of the Delta Conveyance Project, nor does it otherwise commit the Agency to the Delta Conveyance Project.
Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines section 15061, subd (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
Agency’s approval of the Resolution 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. None of the exceptions to this exemption identified in CEQA Guidelines § 15300.2 exist here.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Notice of Exemption-c1-c1   PDF 905 K

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