Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2023 Water Transfer Program


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Biggs-West Gridley Water District
Document Title
Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2023 Water Transfer Program
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
The Biggs-West Gridley Water District (BWGWD) proposes to sell during the 2023 irrigation season up to 18,780 acre-feet (af) of water to participating member districts of the State Water Contractors, Incorporated or other South of Delta purchasers, including one or more Central Valley Project contractors (collectively, “Buyers”). Buyers and others are seeking up to approximately 300,000 af of transfer water from various willing sellers in the Sacramento Valley during the 2023 irrigation season. Purchasing this water would lessen potential water supply shortages to these Buyers that may occur as a result of dry hydrologic conditions and regulatory restrictions on pumping in the Delta. As a willing seller, the BWGWD would make up to 18,780 af of water available to Buyers by idling cropland (i.e., non-irrigation of farmland by voluntary participants). Water made available by crop idling within the boundaries of the BWGWD would then be retained and stored by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for delivery to Buyers. The BWGWD’s proposed transfer will comply with the most current Draft Technical Information for Preparing Water Transfer Proposals prepared by the DWR and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), dated December 2019 (Draft Technical Information), as applicable to land idling transfers.

Contact Information

Danny Robinson
Agency Name
Biggs-West Gridley Water District
Job Title
General Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Anne Williams
Agency Name
MBK Engineers
Job Title
Principal Engineer
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Northern California
Cross Streets
1713 West Biggs Gridley Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Feather River
Other Information
The project area, from which the water for this transfer will be made available, is defined by the BWGWD’s boundaries, which encompass approximately 34,800 acres in the northern Sacramento Valley, mostly in Butte County with a small portion of that acreage in Sutter County.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (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 Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 21, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Temporary Water Transfer)
Local Actions
Temporary Water Transfer
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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