EL DORADO IRRIGATION DISTRICT FIVE-YEAR CONSERVED WATER TRANSFER PROJECT

Summary

SCH Number
2024050686
Lead Agency
El Dorado Irrigation District
Document Title
EL DORADO IRRIGATION DISTRICT FIVE-YEAR CONSERVED WATER TRANSFER PROJECT
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Agriculture, residential, commercial, industrial, public facilities, agricultural lands, open space, and recreational areas
Document Description
The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) plans to transfer up to 740 acre-feet (AF) annually of its pre-1914 water right water to Westland’s Water District (WWD). The proposed project includes potential annual transfers of conserved water from 2024 – 2028. In the spring of 2022, EID completed construction of the Upper Main Ditch Piping Project (piping project). The piping project involved converting the earthen unlined Upper Main Ditch that delivered water from El Dorado Forebay to the Reservoir 1 Water Treatment Plant to a piped conveyance (Main Pipeline). The water made available for transfer is water that was previously lost through evaporation and seepage from the Upper Main Ditch and is now conserved through operation of the Main Pipeline. Under the proposed project, EID’s diversions from the South Fork American River (SFAR) at the El Dorado Diversion Dam will not change. The same amount of water will be diverted into the El Dorado Canal and conveyed to the El Dorado Forebay. However, because EID is able to meet the same customer consumptive demands as they did prior to the pipeline project with less water, the conserved water would either remain instream in the SFAR or be used for non-consumptive hydropower production and then returned into the SFAR and flow into Folsom Reservoir. From Folsom Reservoir, the conserved water would be re-regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for delivery to WWD for use in their service area south of the Delta. The actual transfer quantity of conserved water will depend on hydrologic conditions and consumptive demand patterns leading up to and during the transfer period; however, the quantity will not exceed 740 AF annually during 2024 – 2028.

Contact Information

Name
Brian Deason
Agency Name
El Dorado Irrigation District
Job Title
Environmental Resources Supervisor
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Fresno, Placerville
Counties
El Dorado, Fresno, Kings, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus
Regions
Countywide
Cross Streets
2890 Mosquito Road Placerville 95667
Zip
95667
State Highways
California

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, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB), California San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (Water transfer)
Local Actions
Water transfer
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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