ICF provided Reclamation with comprehensive services to assist the agency in complying with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the Delta Mendota Canal (DMC)/California Aqueduct (CA) Intertie project.
The project is intended to improve the operations and maintenance abilities of the Central Valley Project (CVP) to better meet the water supply demands of the region by constructing and operating an intertie between the Delta Mendota Canal (DMC) and California Aqueduct (CA), allowing Jones Pumping Plant to pump at its design capacity. The project requires delivery of power from Western Area Power Administration (Western), which involves construction of a new interconnection and a new transmission line, as well as a new point of delivery on Western’s system.
ICF managed and wrote the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluations, interpreted study results, and helped develop strategies for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA). We also managed coordination with CVP long-term operations biological opinions, and permitting applications.
The major topics ICF evaluated in the EIS were Delta water supply, Delta water quality, Delta aquatic resources, and public safety. In addition to the EIS, we drafted the terrestrial Biological Assessment (BA), incorporated the Operating Criteria and Procedures (OCAP) BA findings and measures into the EIS, and developed documentation to assist in State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) consultation. The completion of this documentation required close coordination with Department of Water Resources (DWR), San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), Reclamation, and Western, which was facilitated primarily by ICF. As a result, the U.S. Department of Interior deadline of a Record of Decision (ROD) in 2009 was achieved.
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