El Dorado Irrigation District Temporary Conserved Water Transfer Project

Summary

SCH Number
2022070161
Lead Agency
El Dorado Irrigation District
Document Title
El Dorado Irrigation District Temporary Conserved Water Transfer Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Received
Document Description
The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) plans to transfer up to 1,800 acre-feet (AF) of its pre-1914 water right water to Westlands Water District (WWD) for use in the 2022/2023 irrigation season. The source of water for this temporary water transfer is water that has been conserved by EID from the conversion of an earthen unlined ditch to a pipeline. By completing the piping project, EID is able to conserve an average of up to 1,800 AF annually that would have otherwise been lost through seepage and evapotranspiration from the ditch. Under the proposed project, EID's diversions from the South Fork American River (SFAR) at the El Dorado Diversion Dam will not change. The same amount of water will be diverted into the El Dorado Canal and conveyed to the Forebay. However, because EID is able to meet the same customer demands as they did prior to the pipeline project with less water, that conserved water would instead be used for non-consumptive hydropower production, returned into the SFAR, and remain instream to flow into Folsom Reservoir, where the water will be re-regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for delivery to WWD for use in their service area south of the Delta. The actual transfer quantity of conserved water will depend on hydrologic conditions and consumptive demand patterns leading up to and during the transfer period; however, the quantity will not exceed 1,800 AF.

Contact Information

Name
Brian Deason
Agency Name
El Dorado Irrigation District
Job Title
Environmental Resources Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
El Dorado, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus
Regions
Northern California
Waterways
South Fork American River, Lower American River, Sacramento River, Delta,

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Temporary Conserved Water Transfer)
Local Actions
Water Transfer
Project Issues
None
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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