Yurok Up-River Water System Interconnection Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Yurok Up-River Water System Interconnection Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Water Resources has executed a grant agreement (Agreement #4600014765) through the Small Community Drought Relief Program in the amount of $10,860,054, to the Yurok Tribe. The Yurok Tribe Upriver water system includes four systems operated by the Yurok Public Utilities Department. Two of the water systems have dwindling water supplies due to the current drought. The Project is comprised of connecting the Kenek and Kepel water systems by constructing approximately 10 miles of pipelines and 2 booster pump stations to provide water supply reliability and drought resiliency.

Contact Information

Kevin Faulkenberry
Agency Name
Department of Water Resources
Job Title
Region Office Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Del Norte
Northern California
Klamath River
Other Location Info
The Project is located on the Yurok Reservation along the Klamath River, California in Del Norte County, approximately 24 miles south east of the city of Klamath. The Yurok Reservation includes 55,000 acres of rural foothill and forest landscape.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code §21080[b][4]; California Code of Regulations §15269[c] per Water Code section 13198.2(d)
Reasons for Exemption
Grants and direct expenditures for interim or immediate relief in response to conditions arising from a drought scenario to provide water to persons or communities that lose or are threatened with the loss or contamination of water supplies under Water Code Section 13198.2, are exempt from the requirement of Division 13 (commencing with section 21000) of the Public Resources Code (CEQA Guidelines section 15269).
County Clerk
Del Norte


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