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Application by CVWD to Appropriate Water by Permit from the Whitewater River

[The document below does not follow exactly the format of the original, but it does present in full all information in the original. The headings and questions on the application form are give in regular type. Information provided by the applicant is presented in boldface. A few of the more salient numbers and statements have been highlighted in red. Attachments 1 and 5 to the original application are not presented here as such. They contain responses to individual questions on the application form and those responses have simply been inserted at the appropriate locations on the form. J.S. Dainer, SDSU]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA
State Water Resources Control Board
DIVISION OF WATER RIGHTS
901 P Street, Sacramento
PO Box 2000, Sacramento, CA 95812-2000

APPLICATION TO APPROPRIATE WATER BY PERMIT

1. APPLICANT

Coachella Valley Water District
PO Box 1058, Coachella, CA 92236
Tel. (760)-398-2651

2. SOURCE

a. The name of the source at the point of diversion is Coachella Stormwater Channel (aka Whitewater River) and Ag. drains in the vicinity of the Whitewater River tributary to Salton Sea.

b. In a normal year does the stream dry up at any point downstream from your project? Yes.

What alternate sources are available to your project should a portion of your requested direct diversion season be excluded because of a dry stream or nonavailability of water?
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) has alternative sources available from the Colorado River and the State Water Project. Diversions made pursuant to this application will provide an additional, alternative source of water to Metropolitan.

3. POINTS of DIVERSION and REDIVERSION

a. The point of diversion will be in the county of Riverside County

b.

List all points giving coordinate disstance from section corner or other as allowed by Board regulators i.e. California Coordinate System
Point is within (40-acre subdivision)
Section
Township
Range
Base and Meridan
Apprx E2, 041,000 N514,000
zone 6
SE 1/4 of NE 1/4
11
75
8E
SBB&M

c. Does the applicant own the land at the point of diversion? YES.

4. PURPOSE of USE, AMOUNT and SEASON

a. State the purposes for which water is to be appropriated, the quantities of water for search purpose, and the dates between which diversions will be made.

PURPOSE OF USE: Municipal, Domestic and Irrigation
QUANTITY: RATE: 150 cfs
AMOUNT:
100,000 ac-ft/yr
BEGINNING DATE: January 1
ENDING DATE: December 31

b. Total combined amount taken by direct dirversions and storage during any one year will be 100,000 acre-feet.

5. JUSTIFICATION OF AMOUNT

a. IRRIGATION: Maximum area to be irrigated in any one year is 3,328,000 acres.

CROP
ACRES
METHOD OF IRRIGATION
ACRE-FEET PER YEAR
NORMAL SEASON
Beginning Date
Ending Date
Various in C.V.
136,513
Flood to Drip
100,000
Jan 1
Dec 31
Vaarious in MWDSC
3,328,000
Flood to Drip
100,000
Jan 1
Dec 31

b. DOMESTIC:
Number of residences to be served is 3.5 million  
Separately owned? YES & NO  
Total number of people to be served is 16 million
Estimated daily use per person is 111 gpd

e. MUNICIPAL:

POPULATION
MAXIMUM MONTH
ANNUAL USE
5-Year periods until use is completed
Average daily use
(gal per capita)
Rate of diversion (cfs)
Average daily use
(gal.per capita)
Acre-foot
(per capita)
Total
Acre-feet
PERIOD
POP.
present
16,000,000
111
150
111
--
100,000
2010
20,300,000
111
150
111
--
100,000

Month of maximum use during year is: August. 
Month of minimum use during year is: November

k. FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESERVATION AND/OR ENHANCEMENT: [No response]

6. PLACE OF USE

a. Does applicate own the land where the water will be used? No

If applicant does not own land where the water will be used, give name and address of owner and state what arrangements have been made with the owner. Under Negotiation.

 7. DIVERSION WORKS

b. Diversion will be by pumping from Channel
Pump discharge rate 150 cfs
Horse power 6000 HP

c. Conduit from diversion point to first lateral or to offstream reservoir:

CONDUIT
(Pipe or channel)
MATERIAL
(Type of pipe or channel lining)
CROSS SECTIONAL DIMENSION
LENGTH
(Feet)
TOTAL LIFE OR FALL
CAPACITY
(ESTIMATED)
Feet
+ or -
Pipe
Steel
42-inch to 60-inch
50 miles
1,300
100
150 cfs

8. COMPLETION SCHEDULE

a. Year work will start: 2003*    
b. Year work will be completed: 2013
c. Year water will be used to the full extent intended: 2063
d. If completed, year of first use: 2013     

*CVWD will execute pilot treatment studies by September, 1999.

9. GENERAL

a. Name of the post office most used by those living near the proposed point of diversion is:  Mecca  92254.

b. Does any part of the place of use comprise a subdivision on file with the State Department Real Estate? Yes.

If yes, state name of subdivsion: CVWD Service Area and MWDSC Service Area.

c. List the names and addresses of diverters of water from the source of supply downstream from the proposed point of diversion: None.

d. Is the source used for navigation, including use by pleasure boats, for a significant part of each year at the point of diversion, or does the source substantially contribute to a waterway which is used for navigation, including use by pleasure boats? No.

10. EXISTING WATER RIGHT

Do you claim an existing right for the use of all or part of the water sought by this application? Yes.

If yes, complete table below (Nature of Right; Year of First Use; Purpose of Use Made in Recent Years; Season of Use; Source; Location of Point of Diversion). Prospective right to reuse imported water. Stevens vs. Coachella Irrigation District 1939.XXX XXX XXX

11. AUTHORIZED AGENT (Optional)

With respect to all matter concerning this water right application:

Tom Levy, General Manager-Chief Engineer
Telephone : 760-398-2651
P.O. Box 1958, Coachella, CA 92236

is authorized to act on my behalf as my agent.

12. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT

I (we) declare under penalty of perjury that the above is true and correct to the best my (our) knowledge and belief

Dated September 8, 1997 at Coachella, California

Signed by: Mr. Tom Levy

       


APPLICATION TO APPROPRIATE WATER BY PERMIT

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

(THIS IS NOT A CEQA DOCUMENT)

APPLICATION NO.______

The following information will aid in the environmental review of your application as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). IN ORDER FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE ACCEPTED AS COMPLETE, ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS LISTED BELOW MUST BE COMPLETED TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. Failure to answer all questions may result in your application being returned to you, causing delays in processing. If you need more space, attach additional sheets. Additional information may be required from you to amplify further or clarify the information requested in this form.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

1. Provide a description of your project, including but not limited to type of construction activity, structures existing or to be built, area to be graded or excavated and project operation, including how the water will be used. [Statement below is given as Attachment A in original application.JSD]

GENERAL:

This application is filed to appropriate all waters (up to a maximum of 150 cfs) draining from lands that are irrigated with Colorado River water under contract dated October 15, 1934, between Coachella Valley Water District and the Secretary of the Interior, copy of which is enclosed, and native groundwater and also stormwater runoff.

This application is submitted with the intent to retain local control of local water resources.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION:

The location of the first diversion point is roughly 1/4 mile downstream of CVWD wastewater reclamation plant No. 4 in the Southeast quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section 11 Township 7 South, Range 8 East. San Bernardino Base and Meridian.

The second location is roughly 300 feet upstream of the Lincoln Street bridge in the Southwest quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section 30 Township 7 South. Range 9 East, San Bernardino Base and Meridian.

The proposed project consists of two pumping plants diverting a maximum of 100,000 ac-ft at two different locations. Because the relative amount between the two pumping plants is unknown, two applications are filed for the entire 100,000 ac-ft.

The diversion consists of a 6,000 HP pumping plant pumping a maximum of 150 cfs to a water treatment facility, which may include reverse osmosis, prior to pressuring a 60-inch pipeline that follows the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel alignment up through the spreading grounds and thence generally along the Whitewater river to the Colorado River Aqueduct. Total pipeline length is estimated at 50 miles. Estimated project cost is $1 billion.

PROJECT PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Project is to conserve a portion of the water presently being lost to a Saline Sink, i.e. the Salton Sea. In 1996 approximately 95,688 ac-ft were discharged from the Coachella Valley into the Salton Sea. Of the total, approximately 60,442 ac-ft were discharged by the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel. In the past, the Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel has discharged upwards of 100,000 ac-ft per year.

WATER NEED:

Water that could be conserved as a result of the proposed diversion and treatment project is needed in the southern California coastal area. Even in years of average supply, sufficient water is not expected to be available to satisfy all requests for water in California in the future. The last quarter century has been one of expansion and growth for southern California, reflecting the national trend of migration to warmer climates and the greater economic prosperity of the West and Southwest.

Population in the portion of the six-county southern California area where the conserved water could be used is expected to increase from 15 million in 1990 to 20.3 million by the year 2010. The accompanying water needs are expected to increase from 4.0 million by acre-feet of water in 1990 to 47 million acre-feet of water in 2010, assuming normal weather conditions in southern California.

The existing dependable water supply for the coastal area from all sources is projected to be 3.5 million acre-feet in 2010. These sources include groundwater, surface water, wastewater reuse, the Owens Valley (Los Angeles Aqueduct), the Colorado River Aqueduct, and the Central Valley California Aqueduct. Thus the estimated annual water shortage of 1.2 million acre-feet is projected by year 2010.

Still higher needs can be expected in dry years in southern California when rainfall is below normal. Recently, California experienced a 6-year drought.

 

GOVERNMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Before a final decision can be made on your water rights application, we must consider the information contained in an environmental document prepared in compliance with the requirements of CEQA. If an environmental document has been prepared for your project by another agency, we must consider it. If one has not been prepared, a determination must be made as to who is responsible for the preparation of the environmental document for your project. The following questions are designed to aid us in that detemmination.

2. Contact your county planning or public works department for the following information:

a. Person contacted: Tom Levy, GM-CE CVWD   Telephone: 760-398-2651
d. Are any county permits required for your project? No

3. Are any additional state or federal permits required for your project? Yes

Permit type: Army corps 404 Permit
Person (s) contacted Will contact soon

4. Has any public agency prepared an environmental document for any aspect of your project? No

If not, explain below whether you expect that a public agency other than the State Water Resources Control Board will be preparing an environmental document for your project or whether the applicant, if it is a Callifornia public agency, will be preparing the environmental document for your project: Coachella Valley water district.

5. Will your project, during construction or operation, generate waste or wastewaater contining such things as sewage, industrial chemicals, metals, or agricultural chemicals, or cause erosion, turbidity or sedimentation?  Yes If so, explain  Treatment process may discharge brine.

If you answered yes will a waste discharge permit be requird for your project? Yes
What method of treatment and disposal will be used? Discharge to Salton Sea.

6. Have any archeological reports been prepared on this project, or will you be preparing an archeological report to satisfy another public agency?   No

Do you know of any archeological or historic sites located within the general project area? No, area has been highly distrubed by the excavation of 600 ft. wide stormwater channel.

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTING

7. Three sets of color photgraphs required (Not available in this web version of the document).

8. From the list given below, mark or circle the general plant community types which best describe those which occur within your project area.

Tree Dominated Communities: Desert Riparian, Palm Oasis
Shrub Dominated Communities: Low Sage, Sagebrush, Desert Succulent Shrub, Desert Wash, Desert Scrub, Alkali Desert Scrub
Herbaceous Dominated Communities: Fresh Emergent Wetland, Saline Emergent Wetland, Pasture
Aquatic Communities: Riverine, Lacustrine, Estuarine
Developed Communities: Cropland, Orchard-Vineyard, Urban

9. Provide below an estimate of the type, number, and size (trunk/stem diameter at chest height) of trees and large shrubs that aare planned to be removed or destroyed due to construction and opeeration of your project. Consider all aspects of your project, including diversion structures, water distribution and use facilities, and changes in the places of use due to additional water development.

Very few tree and large shrubs are planned to be removed because pipeline alignment will follow the Coachella Valley Stormwater channel up to the Colorado River aqueduct.

 

FISH AND WILDLIFE CONCERNS

10. Identify the typical species of fish which occur in the source (s) from which you propose to divert water and discuss whether or not any of these fish species or their habitat has been or would be affected by your project.

The project will substantially reduce habitaat which will require mitigation. Please See Attachment B for special status species. The Coachella Valley Water District will prepare an Environmental Impact Report under CEQA.

11. Identify the typical species of riparian and terrestrial wildlife in the project aarea and discuss whether or not any of these species and/or their habitat has been or would be affected by your project through construction of waater diversion and distributiion works and changes in the places of water use.

The project will substantially reduce habitat which will require mitigation. The Coachella Valley Water District will prepare an Environmental Impact Report under CEQA

12. Does your proposed project involve any construction or grading-related activity which has significantly altered or would significantly alter the bed or bank of any stream or lake? Yes

If so, explain: The Coachella Valley Water District will prepare a 404 permit application per the Army Corps.


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