Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District  

EN2/SEA staff prepared and was responsible for agency consultations on two CEQA Initial Study/Negative Declarations on behalf of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District (GCID). The first was for a water right application and the second was for an extension to perfect the water right under the original application that had been approved by the State Water Resources Control Board. The supplemental water was for increasing November through March diversions from the Sacramento River by up to 182,900 acre-feet annually at a maximum increased rate of 1,200 cubic feet per second through the newly reconstructed Hamilton City Pumping Plant Fish Screen Complex. The water allowed farmers to phase-out rice straw burning, enables GCID to deliver increased supplies to waterfowl refuges as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, and expands early season crop production options in the region.