Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2024 Water Transfer Program

Summary

SCH Number
2024020099
Lead Agency
Biggs-West Gridley Water District
Document Title
Biggs-West Gridley Water District 2024 Water Transfer Program
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Agriculture
Document Description
The Biggs-West Gridley Water District (BWGWD) proposes to sell during the 2024 irrigation season up to 18,780 acre-feet (af) of water to the State Water Project Contractors Inc., Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), other South of Delta purchasers, including one or more Central Valley Project contractors, or a buyer diverting the transfer water from within or upstream of the Delta (collectively, Buyers). Buyers and others are seeking up to approximately 100,000 af of transfer water from various willing sellers in the Sacramento Valley during the 2024 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) in Lake Oroville for delivery to Buyers. If DWR is unable to release the water from storage during the 2024 water transfer window of July through November, the transfer water may still be used in one of the following ways: (1) Buyers may negotiate terms with BWGWD for a 2025 water transfer which would include consideration for the inability to transfer the water supplies made available by BWGWD for 2024; or (2) Buyers may negotiate with DWR to secure rights to store the water transfer supplies purchased from BWGWD for conveyance at a later date. 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

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

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

Location

Cities
Gridley
Counties
Butte
Regions
Northern California
Cross Streets
1713 West Biggs Gridley Road
Zip
95948
Total Acres
34800
Jobs
1
Parcel #
Numerous
State Highways
99
Waterways
Feather River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), 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 Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), 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, Office of Historic Preservation, 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, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

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

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