2021 Water Purchase Agreement with Placer County Water Agency


SCH Number
Public Agency
Westlands Water District
Document Title
2021 Water Purchase Agreement with Placer County Water Agency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The transfer involves releasing up to 21,053 Acre-Feet (AF) from Placer County Water Agency’s (PCWA) Middle Fork American River Project reservoirs release for transfer of up to 20,000 (AF) to Westlands Water District (WWD) for temporary storage in San Luis Reservoir and for direct irrigation with projected storage and delivery between July 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

Contact Information

Russ Freeman
Agency Name
Westlands Water District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Fresno, Kings
Other Location Info
Fresno, Kings and Placer Counties

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
On May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency (Proclamation) to address the severe drought condition, in particular the Central Valley. Government Code section 8571 authorizes the Governor to suspend certain regulatory requirements, including CEQA, under emergency conditions. The Proclamation orders the State “to expeditiously consider requests to move water to areas of need, including requests involving voluntary water transfers, forbearance agreements, water exchanges, or other means,” and suspends CEQA for purposes of carrying out or approving this and other directives. The Project will carry out this directive and will prevent or mitigate the impacts of the drought emergency. The transfer is exempt from CEQA pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21080 (b)(4) and CEQA Guidelines Section 15269(c)
County Clerks
Fresno, Kings


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