In 2021, the lack of precipitation within California, recent warm temperatures and extremely dry soils have depleted the expected runoff water from the Sierra-Cascade snowpack and has again caused a potential for water supplies to be insufficient to repel salinity in the Delta. In an Emergency Proclamation issued May 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom directed Permittee to take actions, if necessary, to implement plans that address potential Delta salinity issues, including, among other things, the installation and removal of emergency drought salinity barriers.
As a response, the California Department of Water Resources proposes to install (by July 1, 2022) and remove (by November 30, 2022) one temporary rock barrier weir structure, which will span West False River, and installation of two water quality and/or flow monitoring stations.
The project is located at West False River, a tributary to the San Joaquin River, in the County of Contra Costa, State of California; Latitude 38.057057 N, Longitude 121.670432 W; Assessor’s Parcel Number 027-010-005-0.
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
21080(b)(3) and 15269(a), Governor’s Proclamation of State of Emergency, May 10, 2021
Reasons for Exemption
In an Emergency Proclamation issued May 10, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom
directed Permittee to take actions, if necessary, to implement plans that address potential Delta salinity issues, including, among other things, the installation and removal of emergency drought salinity barriers. Paragraph 11 of the Proclamation suspended CEQA for purposes of carrying out this directive and other specified directives, stating specifically that this suspension applies to any actions taken by state agencies, as well as for any necessary permits or approvals required to complete these actions.
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