Water Banking and Exchange Agreement between Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Document Title
Water Banking and Exchange Agreement between Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District and Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
In 2023, SCVWA anticipates needing additional recharge capacity for its 2023 SWP supplies. Rosedale anticipates having recharge capacity available in its own groundwater recharge and banking program and anticipates having sufficient capacity to take SCVWA’s SWP supplies. Rosedale and SCVWA desire to enter into a 2:1 exchange program whereby for every 2 acre-feet of State Water Project (SWP) water delivered to Rosedale in-district by SCVWA (delivery in California Aqueduct to Reach 12E), Rosedale shall bank and return 1 acre-foot of water (minus applicable conveyance losses and losses pursuant to terms of the customary Memorandum of Understanding applicable to banking projects in the area) to SCVWA (point of delivery Reach 30). The term of the agreement shall be from August 1, 2023, through December 31, 2033. A maximum of up to 20,000 acre-feet of SCVWA SWP Table A recharge water shall be delivered by December 31, 2023. Rosedale shall return its agreed upon banked water no later than December 31, 2033.

Contact Information

Rick Vasilopulos
Agency Name
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Job Title
Water Resources Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Bakersfield, Santa Clarita
Kern, Los Angeles, Ventura
Other Location Info
RRBWSD is located at 849 Allen Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93314 SCVWA is located at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The short-term water transfer agreement is also exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), the “common sense exemption,” which provides that CEQA applies only to projects that have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Here, SCVWA finds the water transfer agreement exempt from CEQA as “it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question” as it provides additional banked water from its existing Rosedale Banking program which will be delivered in the same manner as the existing banked water, and so “will have no significant effect on the environment.”

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project, aka the whole of the action, qualifies for an exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 Existing Facilities as SCVWA finds that approval of the proposed water transfer has no possibility for significant effect on the environment for the following reasons:? The proposed action consists of a one-time water transfer that will use existing facilities and would not require any construction or grading? The proposed action does not constitute a new permanent source of water supply and will not result in any growth inducing or cumulative environmental impacts.
County Clerks
Kern, Los Angeles, Ventura


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