Water Transfers

Preparing Water Transfer Proposals
The Technical Information Document for Preparing Water Transfer Proposals, which is jointly prepared by California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region (Reclamation), is applicable to transfers involving State and federal water contractors, and non-project water users, and use of Project (Central Valley Project [CVP] and State Water Project [SWP]) facilities for through-Delta transfers. This technical information does not have a regulatory effect, but if followed, will make review of the transfer proposal more efficient. DWR and Reclamation will review each water transfer proposal with a view to the proposal's adequacy in addressing the technical information needed. Site specific conditions may require additional information and considerations beyond that described in the technical information to fully consider the proposal.

DWR and Reclamation cannot guarantee that a particular transfer will be successful even with adequate planning, regulatory approval, and monitoring due to the uncertainties related to California’s hydrologic conditions and regulatory restrictions on Project operations. As the hydrology gets wetter, there is typically less available export capacity to convey transfer water through the Delta.

For further information, please contact Anna Fock at (916) 653-0190 or Anna.Fock@water.ca.gov.

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Water Transfer Proposal Checklists
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed checklists to aid Sellers proposing to transfer water made available through crop idling, groundwater substitution and reservoir reoperation that will require conveyance by DWR through State Water Project Facilities (SWP). For questions regarding a specific transfer proposal contact Anna Fock in the State Water Project Analysis Office at (916) 653-0190, Anna.Fock@water.ca.gov. For more information on water transfers requiring conveyance through State Water Project facilities please review the 2015 Water Transfer White Paper.

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