Provide for delivery of a supply of water from Frenchman Reservoir to Last Chance Creek Water District (District) (SWPAO #20309).

Summary

SCH Number
2020120470
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Provide for delivery of a supply of water from Frenchman Reservoir to Last Chance Creek Water District (District) (SWPAO #20309).
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/23/2020
Present Land Use
The District is located in Plumas County. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) operates Frenchman Dam and Reservoir facilities, also located in Plumas County, as part of the State Water Project (SWP). These existing facilities provide a supply of water for the District’s service area. The SWP is owned and operated by DWR, which is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

Document Description
Under permits issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, DWR is authorized to appropriate unappropriated water from Little Last Chance Creek for storage in Frenchman Reservoir in an amount not to exceed 34,962 acre-feet (AF) per year, or up to 50,000 AF per year under special circumstances. Since 1962, DWR has been supplying water from the storage in Frenchman Reservoir to holders of prior water rights from Little Last Chance Creek pursuant to several successive contracts with the District, the latest of which contracts was for delivery of water during the years 2011 through 2020. The proposed project would provide for delivery of water to holders of prior water rights to be distributed by the District during the years 2021 through 2030.

Contact Information
Brian "BG" Heiland
Dept. of Water Resources-State Water Project Analysis Office
Lead/Public Agency
1416 9th Street, Room 1640
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 653-4547
brian.heiland@water.ca.gov

Department of Water Resources - State Water Project Analysis Office
Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Plumas
Regions
Northern California
Other Location Info
The District is located in Plumas County. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) operates Frenchman Dam and Reservoir facilities, also located in Plumas County, as part of the State Water Project (SWP). These existing facilities provide a supply of water for the District’s service area. The SWP is owned and operated by DWR, which is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301-Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
a. No construction is required to implement the proposed delivery. b. The facilities are existing facilities that have not been expanded or modified to implement the proposed change in points of delivery. c. There will be no change in land use. d. The water will be stored to continue the ability of the District to receive water under its existing water rights, not to expand use.
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