SWP Water Supply Contract Amendment
Contract Amendment Public Participation
Contract Amendment for California WaterFix public negotiation meetings are underway. Members of the public may provide oral comments at the end of each negotiation session. Additionally, the public can submit written comments relevant to the issues discussed during that negotiation session. Public Participation Process protocols have been 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.
- Agenda and ground rules
- DWR objectives
- SWP public water agency objectives
- Public comments—Santa Barbara
- Public comments—City of Antioch
In July 2015, DWR identified WaterFix as the preferred project alternative, replacing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. DWR and 29 public water agencies* intend to negotiate terms and conditions for developing proposed amendments to the SWP water supply contracts that will address allocation and payment of certain planning, engineering, construction, operation, maintenance, and environmental mitigation costs of WaterFix. The negotiations will also consider potential changes to the SWP water supply contracts for water management actions, including water transfers.
*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 contract amendments will not be finalized and signed until the CEQA compliance process is complete.