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The Richard A. Reynolds Desalination Facility Solar Photovoltaic Project 

         Project Description:
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 [PDF]
Solar MND Draft  [PDF]
Solar Notice of Intent [PDF]
Solar Notice of Completion [PDF]
Solar MND Final [PDF]

Application of Copper-Based Algaecides at Five Reservoirs in San Diego County
    Project Description: 
The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), Sweetwater Authority, Helix Water District, City of Poway, and Santa Fe Irrigation District have identified the need to occasionally apply copper-based algaecides to their respective surface water reservoirs to control algae blooms, including the Sweetwater Reservoir. Algae blooms can lead to degradation of drinking water quality through the presence of taste and odor compounds and production of algal toxins and can clog filters in water treatment plants.  The five agencies worked jointly to produce the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation for the project. The SDCWA is the lead agency for CEQA administrative purposes, but does not have discretionary authority over project activities at reservoirs operated by the other agencies. The decision-making bodies at Sweetwater Authority and the other water districts, acting as Responsible Agencies under CEQA, will separately consider the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and adopting and implementing the project and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) identified specific to their activities. 

Copper-Based Algaecide [PDF]
Appendix A5 [PDF]
Copper-Based Algaecide MMRP [PDF]

Sweetwater Reservoir Wetlands Habitat Recovery Project
          Project Description:
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 HRP - Notice of Intent  [PDF]
Sweetwater HRP IS-MND - Public Review Draft [PDF]

If you have any questions, please contact the Authority's environmental group at or by phone at (619) 409-6801.

Last updated: 1/31/2017 10:31:59 AM