SWP Water Supply Contract Amendment
Contract Amendment Public Participation
Contract Amendment for Water Management and California WaterFix public negotiation meetings have been completed and no future meetings are scheduled. During the meeting series, oral comments were solicited from members of the public at the end of each negotiation session. Additionally, the public was able to submit written comments relevant to the issues discussed during that negotiation session. Public Participation Process protocols were prepared in accordance with the “Principles Regarding Public Participation Process In SWP Contract Negotiations."
2018 Public Negotiation Meetings
Fifteen negotiation meetings were held in the first half of 2018. Meeting materials and results are compiled in this downloadable file.
Negotiation Meeting 1 was held December 10, 2014.
In February 2018, DWR and the Public Water Agencies* (PWAs) resumed the public process for amending the Water Supply Contracts to confirm and supplement certain provisions for several water management actions, including transfers and exchanges, and to address changes in financial provisions and related costs of California WaterFix. This public process was initially noticed in November 2014 for cost allocation of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Since that time, DWR proposed additional alternatives to BDCP, including Alternative 4a also referred to as California WaterFix. In July 2017, DWR certified its Final EIR, adopted Findings of Fact; a Statement of Overriding Considerations; and a Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP), approved Alternative 4a - California WaterFix, and filed its Notice of Determination (NOD). The purpose of the resumed negotiations is to address terms and conditions of water management actions related to water transfers and exchanges, and to develop terms and conditions for allocation of costs of California WaterFix for PWAs that directly benefit from California WaterFix.
*Agencies with SWP long-term water contracts
Negotiations to date have led to a draft non-binding Agreement in Principle (AIP). At the June 27, 2018 Public Negotiation Meeting, the negotiating parties agreed the AIP was sufficiently complete to begin the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. The AIP is the basis for the CEQA project description and tribal outreach. The DWR Tribal Policy page details DWR's tribal outreach.
On July 13, 2018, DWR released a Notice of Preparation (NOP), notifying the public of DWR’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) consistent with CEQA requirements.
A scoping meeting was held on August 2, 2018, in the Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, in Sacramento. The scoping meeting included a brief presentation about the proposed project and provided the public with the opportunity to comment on the scope and content of the EIR analysis. Please use these links for copies of the presentation and meeting factsheet. The scoping period closed on August 13, 2018.
On October 26, 2018 DWR released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is in circulation for a 45-day public comment period ending December 10, 2018. [Link to Draft EIR main text PDF, 9MB. Link to Draft EIR appendixes PDF, 18 MB.] During the Draft EIR public review period, agencies and the public have the opportunity to review the analysis in the Draft EIR and comment on its adequacy, either in writing or orally at a public hearing. Comments may be submitted in writing anytime during the public review period.
By Postal mail:
Executive Advisor, State Water Project
Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 95814
Or, by email:
Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., December 10, 2018.
At the close of the 45-day public comment period, DWR will prepare written responses to all oral and written comments received and will prepare a Final EIR. The Draft EIR, public comments, and responses to comments, and Final EIR and other supporting documentation will be provided to the DWR Director for consideration in certifying the Final EIR as adequate under CEQA.
The contract amendments will not be finalized and signed until the CEQA compliance process is complete.