Water & Resource Conservation

Butte County's Department of Water and Resource Conservation was formed on July 1, 1999 following many years implementing programs to protect the Butte County water resources.

Our Mission: To manage and conserve water and other resources for the citizens of Butte County.

Proposed Redirection of PG&E Contract Water

 

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION
LONG-TERM AGREEMENT TO REDIRECT CONTRACT PG&E WATER FROM THE MIOCENE CANAL TO THE THERMALITO POWER CANAL

 

LEAD AGENCY:  Butte County Department of Water & Resource Conservation 
  Vickie Newlin, Assistant Director
  308 Nelson Avenue
     Oroville, CA 95965-3302
     (530) 538-2179
         
PROJECT TITLE: Long-Term Agreement to Redirect Contract PG&E Water
     from Miocene Canal to the Thermalito Power Canal
         
PROJECT LOCATION: Butte County, CA

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:    In 2014, a pilot project was initiated to redirect up tp 3,000 acre-feet (AF) of Cal Water Oroville District’s 33,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) contract Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) water from the Miocene Canal to Lake Oroville, into the Thermalito Power Canal, and to the District’s Water Treatment Plan (WTP). The pilot program had a 3-year term, which is set to expire December 31, 2017. As part of the pilot program, an Initial Study/Negative Declaration was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (SCH#2014042059). The currently proposed project is the continuation of the conveyance of non-project water under a 10-year agreement with an option for an additional 10-year extension. Therefore, Butte County would continue to convey approximately 3,000 AF of Cal Water Oroville District’s contract PG&E water from the Miocene Canal through the SWP facility at Lake Oroville. Currently the non-project water is diverted from the Middle Miocene Canal at the Lime Saddle Powerhouse into Lake Oroville via an unnamed channel that extends from Kunkle Reservoir to the Lime Saddle Powerhouse and, subsequently, Lake Oroville. The non-project water is available for pickup at Station 14 on the Thermalito Power Canal, for use by Cal Water at the WTP. Butte County, as a State Water Contractor, will continue to provide “wheeling” services for the water redirected to Lake Oroville and the Thermalito Power Canal. Therefore, the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation (BCDWRC) is the Lead Agency for this project.

FINDINGS/DETERMINATION: The County has reviewed and considered the proposed project and has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, with substantial supporting evidence provided in the 2017 Draft Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (SCH#2017092024). The County hereby prepares, and proposes to adopt, a Negative Declaration for this project.

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: A minimum 30-day public review period for the proposed Negative Declaration will commence no later than October 3, 2017 and end no earlier than November 14, 2017 for interested and concerned individuals and public agencies to submit written comments on the document. Any written comments on the proposed Negative Declaration must be received at the above address within the public review period. Copies of the proposed Negative Declaration are available for review at the County Department of Water & Resource Conservation (at the above address). The Draft Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration is also available on the Butte County website.

The Draft Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration will also be available for review at the following location: Butte County Department of Water & Resource Conservation, 308 Nelson Avenue, Oroville, CA 95965 (Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM).

PUBLIC HEARINGS: The proposed project will require approval from the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors’ review of the proposed project is scheduled for November 14, 2017 at 9:40 am. The Board of Supervisors normally meets at the Butte County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9:00AM. The Board’s review of the proposed project will appear on the November 14, 2017 meeting agenda. The Board of Supervisor’s review of the proposed project will include an evaluation of the Draft Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration.

    

    

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Water & Resource Conservation
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Fax:          530.538.3807
BCWater@ButteCounty.net

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Oroville, CA 95965

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