Water Exchanges between Metropolitan and Valley District


SCH Number
Public Agency
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Document Title
Water Exchanges between Metropolitan and Valley District
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) and San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District) have agreed to collaborate in water exchanges thru 2031. Metropolitan and Valley District may exchange local supplies or may exchange State Water Project (SWP) supplies at Devil Canyon. Metropolitan’s local supplies are stored at Diamond Valley Lake located in Riverside County, while Valley District’s are groundwater wells within its service area within San Bernardino County. Metropolitan anticipates entering into agreements with Valley District as well as with other entities such as but not limited to the California Department of Water Resources and the City of Redlands to facilitate these exchanges.

Contact Information

Sean Carlson
Agency Name
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Job Title
Team Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino
Southern California
Other Location Info
San Bernardino

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action is not defined as a project under CEQA (Public Resources Code Section 21065, State CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(b)(4)) because it involves organizational or administrative activities such as the creation of government funding mechanisms or other governmental fiscal activities which do not involve any commitment to any specific project which may result in a direct or indirect physical impact on the environment. Additionally, where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the proposed action in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the proposed action is not subject to CEQA (Section 15061(b)(3) of the State CEQA Guidelines). Finally, the proposed project involves minor alterations to the operation of existing facilities with negligible or no expansion of use and with no possibility of significantly impacting the physical environment. Accordingly, the proposed action qualifies under a Class 1 Categorical Exemption (Section 15301) of the State CEQA Guidelines
County Clerks
Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino


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