Central Coast Water Authority and Sutter Extension Water District 2021 Dry Year Transfer


SCH Number
Public Agency
Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA)
Document Title
Central Coast Water Authority and Sutter Extension Water District 2021 Dry Year Transfer
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Due to prolonged drought conditions and low allocation of SWP "Table A Amount" for 2021, CCWA currently needs additional water supplies to supplement its 2021 supplies. SEWD will make available for transfer to CCWA a proportionate share of transfer water-1.4016 percent of a maximum transfer amount of 4,540 acre-feet (AF) of water available for transfer (63.63 AF)-by pumping groundwater from transfer wells for irrigation in lieu of diverting surface water under its water right statement S000480 and its 1969 Agreement on Diversion of Water from the Feather River with DWR. SEWD's point of transfer will be the Thermalito Afterbay river outlet. Delivery to CCWA's shall occur on or before November 30, 2021 at the delivery structures along the Coastal Branch Repayment Reach Nos. 35 and 38. All water delivered to CCWA shall be used entirely within CCWA's service area. DWR has agreed to convey the transfer water through existing facilities from the point of transfer to the point of delivery pursuant to an agreement among SEWD, DWR, SBCFCWCD and others providing for the conveyance and storage of the transfer water (DWR SWPAO Agreement# 21-704.)

Contact Information

Elizabeth F Watkins
Agency Name
Central Coast Water Authority
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara, Sutter
Other Location Info
Existing State Water Project (SWP) facilities to existing turnouts in Santa Barbara and Sutter Counties. The SWP includes facilities located throughout the State of California. The SWP is owned and operated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), headquartered in Sacramento, California. Santa Barbara County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (SBCFCWCD) contracts with DWR for the delivery of SWP water to Santa Barbara County (SWP Contract). The Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) has assumed responsibility for the SWP contract. CCWA is headquartered in Santa Barbara County and CCWA's service area is located in Santa Barbara County. The Sutter Extension Water District (SEWD) is headquartered in Sutter County and SEWD's service area is in Sutter County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15061(b)(3), 15301
Reasons for Exemption
a) The transfer will facilitate the delivery of water, using only existing facilities in Santa Barbara and Sutter Counties and is intended to meet existing uses of water and would not support new development or a change in land use. b) The transfer is entirely within the authorized SWP place of use.

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Not a project under CEQA
Reasons for Exemption
Not a project under CEQA
County Clerks
Santa Barbara, Sutter


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