On May 11, 2022, the Department of Water Resources (DWR), and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), collectively petitioners, filed a petition for temporary change to transfer/exchange up to 393,385 acre-feet of water pursuant to California Water Code section 1725 et seq. The petitioners request the temporary addition of the State Water Project (SWP) place of use downstream of Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant (Banks) to Reclamation License 1986 and Permits 11885, 11886, 12721, 11967, 11887, 12722, 12723, 12727, 11315, 11316, 11968, 11969, 12860, 11971, 11973, and 12364 (Applications 23, 234, 1465, 5626, 5628, 5638, 9363, 9364, 9368, 13370, 13371, 15374, 15375, 15764, 16767, 17374, and 17376) and the temporary addition of the Central Valley Project (CVP) place of use downstream of Jones Pumping Plant (Jones) to DWR Permit 16479 (Application 14443).
According to the petitioners, the requested changes will allow them to more effectively and efficiently utilize the operational flexibility of the combined SWP and CVP facilities and water supply south of Banks and Jones. Approval of the petition will not increase the quantity or alter the timing of diversions from the Delta. All exchanges covered by the petition will occur south of the Delta and will maximize the beneficial use of available Project supplies.
The petitioners have requested the transfer/exchange become effective on July 16, 2022. A copy of the notice is posted on the Division of Water Rights website at: 2022 Notices
The 30-day comment period per Water Code section 1726 (f) has been reduced to 15 days per the Governor’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency in the Klamath River, Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, and Tulare Lake Watershed Counties due to drought (Drought Proclamation) dated May 10, 2021. This Drought Proclamation will help expedite processing of water transfers. Comments filed in response to this notice must be received by 4:30 pm on June 7, 2022.