Term Sheet Agreement for Water Purchase between ACWD and the Westside Districts


SCH Number
Public Agency
Alameda County Water District (ACWD)
Document Title
Term Sheet Agreement for Water Purchase between ACWD and the Westside Districts
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of the Term Sheet Agreement for Water Purchase between ACWD and the Westside Districts (proposed project) is to execute a new term sheet agreement to allow for water purchase and transfer between Alameda County Water District (ACWD) and the Westside Districts. The Westside Districts are comprised of Belridge Water Storage District, Berrenda Mesa Water District, Lost Hills Water District, Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District, and Dudley Ridge Water District. This past wet winter season, combined with the Alameda County Water District’s (ACWD) due diligence of water supply planning and tracking of demands, has resulted in State Water Project (SWP) allocations of 2023 water supplies exceeding both the ACWD’s anticipated demands and what can be delivered for storage. Thus, the ACWD and Westside Districts have negotiated an agreement for Westside Districts to purchase up to 20,000 acre-feet (AF) of the ACWD’s available 2023 SWP water supplies (also known as “Table A” supplies). Additionally, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) requires the approval for the transfer of a portion of the ACWD’s SWP supplies to Westside Districts. This water transfer would use the SWP’s Water Management Tools Amendment.

Contact Information

Leonard Ash
Agency Name
Alameda County Water District
Job Title
Water Supply Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


State Water Project
Other Location Info
Various locations of the State Water Project (please see Attachment 1 in the NOE)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301; Class 1 - Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because the transfer and storage of the water under the new term sheet agreement involves the continued operation of existing water supply diversion, storage, and conveyance facilities with no expansion of use and would not expand ACWD’s allocated water supply use. The construction of new, expanded, or modified facilities is not required to implement the transfer and storage and it does not result in significant environmental impacts, and does not involve unusual circumstances, a uniquely sensitive environment, or significant cumulative impacts from projects of the same type in the same place. The project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption under CEQA Guidelines §15301: “Class 1 consists of the 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.” None of the exceptions under the CEQA Guidelines §15300.2 exist.
County Clerks
Alameda, Kern, Kings


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