Approval of Second Amendment to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement Creating the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Document Title
Approval of Second Amendment to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement Creating the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
On August 1, 1991, the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement ("Agreement") creating the CCWA was entered into by its member agencies. Pursuant to Government Code section 6509, the Agreement broadly permits the Authority to exercise any powers in the manner and according to the laws applicable to the City of Buellton. On December 12, 2017, the Members adopted a First Amendment to the Agreement. This Second Amendment would add a subsection (q) to Section 5 of the Agreement to expressly authorize CCWA to enter into contracts or take any other action necessary or convenient for the storage and use of water in a groundwater bank, reservoir, or any other system or facilities for the storage of water.

Contact Information

Kaitlin Mamulski
Agency Name
City of Santa Barbara
Job Title
Project Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria
Santa Barbara
Other Location Info
CCWA is a joint powers agency formed to construct, own, and operate certain facilities needed to treat, convey, and deliver State Water Project (SWP) water to its member agencies, which include the cities of Buellton, Guadalupe, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria, the Carpinteria Valley Water District, as successor in interest to the Carpinteria County Water District, the Goleta Water District, Montecito Water District, and the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 (individually, a Member, and collectively, the Members), all of which are located in Santa Barbara County. CCWA's service area is coextensive with the service area boundaries of its Members, and accordingly the Project is located entirely within Santa Barbara County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
15061(b)(3) and 15387(b)(5)
Reasons for Exemption
The Second Amendment would authorize CCWA to engage in groundwater banking and other water storage activities, but it would not commit CCWA to any particular contract, agreement, or project. Accordingly, the Second Amendment would not lead to any direct or indirect change in the physical environment and therefore falls within the "common-sense" exemption. The Second Amendment also falls squarely within the carveout from the definition of "project" for organizational and administrative activities.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara


Notice of Exemption

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