The Agency and Ventura propose a 20-year agreement under which VCWPD, on behalf of Ventura, would transfer to SGPWA up to 10,000 AFY of SWP water. Ventura's water allocation would be transferred to SGPWA for Agency use as an additional water supply. The transfer would use existing SWP and SGPWA facilities and turnouts (existing conveyance facilities) to receive the water and would not include any construction of new infrastructure, conveyance facilities, or alteration of lands. Existing facilities used in the transfer are the California Aqueduct, East Branch Extension of the California Aqueduct, Mountain View Turnout, Little San Gorgonio Creek Turnout, Noble Creek Turnout, SGPWA Recharge Facility, Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District Recharge Facility.
The Project would facilitate a 20-year transfer of VCWPD's, on behalf of Ventura, allocated Table A water to SGPWA. The Project is anticipated to start once the Project is approved by DWR, and will end on December 31, 2042. Each delivery year would commence on January 1, continuing for one calendar year, ending on December 31.
Until the State Water Interconnection Project is completed, SGPWA will have rights to up to 10,000 AF of the Ventura Table A Water allocation for each Delivery Year. Once the State Water Interconnection Project is completed, Ventura will have the priority right, but not the obligation, to take delivery of up to two thousand (2,000) acre feet of Table A Water (Priority Allocation) during the subsequent Delivery Year, provided that Ventura's Table A Water allocation from DWR is sufficient to provide the Priority Allocation. The Priority Allocation must be used within the geographical boundaries that are served by Ventura and may not be transferred or exchanged for use outside such boundaries.
With respect to Article 21 water, Ventura retains the rights to any Article 21 water associated with its Table A Water allocation if such Article 21 water can be used directly by Ventura County Agencies within two weeks of the date of allocation. This transfer will be subject to DWR approval, as Article 21 transfers are currently only contractual rights for four specifically named SWP water contractors, not including VCWPD.