The Project includes executing a one-year Warren Act contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and a one-year State Water Project Analysis Office (SWPAO) Agreement with the Department of Water Resources to convey up to 30,000 acre-feet of groundwater in the San Luis Canal (SLC) in 2021. The Project would allow well owners within the District to pump groundwater into the SLC, using existing pipelines and integration locations, for delivery and use on other land in the District, or to temporarily store it in San Luis Reservoir to meet peak summer crop demands and guard against water shortages in 2022. Per USBR’s Water Quality Monitoring Plan (usbr.gov/mp/nepa/includes/documentShow.php?Doc_ID=46945; see Appendix B) for the Project, water quality testing and groundwater level monitoring will be performed routinely.
The District’s action on the Project is for one year in response to emergency conditions, which are demonstrated by, among other factors, the limited amount of water available from the Central Valley Project, and the 5% water allocation to South of Delta Agricultural Contractors, including the District, which is not available for delivery until further notice from USBR. The District anticipates the USBR will rely upon its recent approval of the Five-Year Warren Act for Westlands Water District Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (CGB-EA-2020-032 and CGB-FONSI-2020-032, respectively) to support execution of the one-year Warren Act contract.