Westside Water Districts Water Transfer


SCH Number
Public Agency
Zone 7 Water Agency
Document Title
Westside Water Districts Water Transfer
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Zone 7 Water Agency and the Dudley Ridge Water District, Berrenda Mesa Water District, Belridge Water Storage District, Lost Hills Water District, and Wheeler Ridge – Maricopa Water Storage District (all five agencies collectively called the Westside Water Districts herein) propose a water transfer of up to 12,000 Acre-feet of Zone 7’s surplus State Water Project water supplies. All six entities are either State Water Project contractors or member agencies of a State Water Project contractor. The water will be delivered to the Westside Districts via existing facilities such as San Luis Reservoir or other agreed upon locations in the California Aqueduct. To deliver the water, a water transfer agreement will be executed among all six agencies and a Point of Delivery Agreement will be executed between the California Department of Water Resources, Dudley Ridge Water District, Zone 7 Water Agency, and Kern County Water Agency.

Contact Information

Kevin Padway
Agency Name
Zone 7 Water Agency
Job Title
Water Resource Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Alameda, Kern, Kings
Countywide, Statewide
California Aqueduct

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
15301. EXISTING FACILITIES. Operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. No new facilities are being authorized as part of this agreement; it is anticipated to utilize existing facilities in a like manner as they have historically been used, and environmental considerations are expected to be similar as historical operations. 15061(b)(3) – COMMON SENSE RULE. The activity is covered by the common sense exemption that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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