Contract between the United States and Panache Water District Providing for Project Water Service San Luis Unit and Delta Division and Facilities Repayment

Summary

SCH Number
2021010179
Public Agency
Panoche Water District
Document Title
Contract between the United States and Panache Water District Providing for Project Water Service San Luis Unit and Delta Division and Facilities Repayment
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/15/2021
Present Land Use
Fresno & Merced County

Document Description
The project is the execution of the CONTRACT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND PANOCHE WATER DISTRICT PROVIDING FOR PROJECT WATER SERVICE SAN LUIS UNIT AND DELTA DIVISION AND FACILIITES REPAYMENT, Contract No. 14-06-200-7864A-IR1-P (the "Repayment Contract"), which converts the District's existing water service contract to a repayment contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation ("Reclamation"). Authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (Pub. L. 114-322, 130 Stat. 1628) (the "WIIN Act"), the District's conversion to the Repayment Contract continues water service to the District in the same amounts as the District's original Central Valley Project ("CVP") water service contract from 1955 (the "Original Contract") and is in the same scope and nature as ongoing District and CVP operations. The Repayment Contract allows the District to repay the capital construction costs incurred by the United States Bureau of Reclamation ("Reclamation") for the existing CVP facilities. The purpose of this Repayment Contract is to continue long-term availability of CVP water to the District.

Contact Information
Ara Azhderian
Panoche Water District
Lead/Public Agency
52027 W. Althea Ave.
Firebaugh, CA 93622

Phone : (209) 364-6136
jsaravia@panochewd.org

Panoche Water District
Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Fresno Merced
Zip
93622

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC 21080(b)(8); 21169-21171; Guidelines 15261 & 15273
Reasons for Exemption
Executing the Repayment Contract is statutorily exempt from CEQA because the water deliveries currently under contract were approved prior to November 23, 1970. The District entered into the Original Contract with the United States on August 16, 1955, for the delivery of 94,000 acre-feet per year of CVP water ("Project Water") through August 15, 1995. The District later amended the Original Contract when it entered into Contract No. 14-06-200-7864A with the United States on August 30, 1974, for the continued delivery of 94,000 acre-feet of Project Water through December 31, 2008.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Panoche Water District NOE - 01142021   PDF 1495 K

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