Approved Projects

As a Lead Agency for CEQA, the Authority considers a project “approved” once the decision-making body has (1) reviewed and considered, in its totality, the project’s final environmental documents, and (2) decided to approve or carry out the project. The following projects have been recently approved by the Authority: 

Sweetwater Dam and South Dike Improvements Project

The proposed project would include improvements to the Sweetwater Dam and South Dike to safely pass and contain storm water flows associated with a Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) event. In order to achieve that primary objective, an existing parapet wall on the north side of the dam would be raised and a new parapet wall would be constructed on the south side. Additionally, the South Dike would be raised. Other minor repairs and modifications to the Sweetwater Dam, South Spillway, and associated facilities would also be conducted. The proposed project would fully comply with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) regulatory program (California Water Code Division 3, Dams and Reservoirs).  
Sweetwater Dam and South Dike Improvements MND Final

The Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility Solar Photovoltaic Project

The Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility Solar Photovoltaic Project involves the construction of a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel array on Sweetwater Authority’s existing vacant property immediately west of and adjacent to the existing Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility and on the rooftop of the existing facility. Maximum electric production from the proposed project will be one megawatt (MW). The proposed project will include 3,276 ground-mounted solar PV panels and 264 roof-mounted solar PV panels. Each panel will include anti-glare properties. An inverter will be placed onsite to control the flow of electricity between the panels and the plant. Electrical lines connecting the solar panels to the inverter will be buried in conduit within a 30-inch deep trench. 
Solar MND Addendum No. 1
Solar MND Final 

Sweetwater Reservoir Wetlands Habitat Recovery Project

The Sweetwater Reservoir Wetlands Habitat Recovery Project is a habitat improvement action in support of the Sweetwater Reservoir Habitat Management Program, which provides management/conservation of habitat for the state and federally endangered least Bell’s vireo. The project would entail the comprehensive restoration of the riparian habitat at the confluence of the Sweetwater River and Sweetwater Reservoir, resulting in a self-sustaining ecosystem supporting high quality least Bell’s vireo habitat. 
Sweetwater Reservoir Habitat Recovery Project MND Final 
Please note approved projects are removed from this webpage after one year of adoption or once project is completed.
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