State Water Interconnection

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The City of Ventura, as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for implementation of the State Water Interconnection Project.

The 45 days review and comment period recently concluded for the Draft EIR. Comments on the Draft EIR will be used by the City Council when considering approval of the project and any related discretionary approvals. The EIR will also be used by other local, state, and federal agencies in considering the project, as well as permits and approvals needed for project implementation.

  1. Background
  2. Documents
The City has a 10,000 acre-foot per year allocation from the California State Water Project (SWP).  To date, the City has not constructed the improvements necessary to receive direct delivery of its allocation. The State Water Interconnection Project will enable delivery of SWP water by wheeling through Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Calleguas Municipal Water District to the City. The connection will also facilitate direct delivery of SWP water to United Water Conservation District and direct or in-lieu delivery of SWP water to Casitas Municipal Water District. In addition, the interconnection will allow the City to deliver water to Calleguas Municipal Water District during an outage of its imported water supplies.

In January 2017, City Council authorized an agreement with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to prepare an alignment study for the State Water Interconnection Pipeline. This agreement also included preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the preferred alignment.

On February 28, 2018, the City issued the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the State Water Interconnection Project. The NOP was prepared to notify responsible and trustee agencies and the public that the environmental review process pursuant to CEQA has commenced. On March 15, 2018, a scoping meeting was held to solicit comments regarding the scope and content of the EIR. A matrix of issues and comments raised at the scoping meeting is provided in the June 2018 Scoping Report. The Draft EIR was released for public review on February 19, 2019.