Water Rights / Transfers


Rights / Transfers Projects


Water Supply Planning and Water Rights
Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, California

In the early phases on the Davis Woodland Water Supply Project, the timeliness for pursuing the existing area-of-origin water right was critical. West Yost assisted in driving the application through the process, including testifying at the hearing to the State Water Resources Control Board. After this water right was secured, additional water was still needed in key summer months to address shortages due to Term 91 conditions.


Water Transfer
Conaway Conservancy Group / Conaway Ranch, California

West Yost began working with Conaway Ranch to get an early start on developing a water transfer program, identifying key technical and policy issues, opening discussions with DWR and USBR staff, and holding preliminary discussions with potential buyers.This successful transfer of 12,000+ acre-feet of water was accomplished through savings of crop water consumptive use, through a combination of land fallowing and shifting to crops with lower water use.  West Yost developed a comprehensive Conaway Ranch land and water use plan based on farm economics and practices.  A key part of this project was maintaining wildlife-friendly agriculture – a hallmark of Conaway Ranch.  


Supplemental Water Supply Acquisition
City of Tracy, California

Due to increased demands, the City needed to obtain additional water supplies to supplement two existing sources. West Yost assisted the City with initial meetings with potential supplies, initial water transfer assignment agreements, and follow-up, leading to a 5,000 acre-feet annually (afa) of contract water with an option for an additional 2,500 afa.


Water Transfer/Water Entitlements
Broomieside Ranch, California

West Yost completed an evaluation of the water entitlements and water resources, including both surface and ground water, available to a 2,200-acre ranch in Sutter County.


Water Transfers
Confidential Client

West Yost assisted our client who was considering leasing all or a portion of surface water currently used for agricultural purposes on their property, but also wished to preserve an option to develop the property for urban uses that would require a reliable water supply. The client was also interested in the feasibility of re-exercising its rights to water for 250 acres supplied by an irrigation district and the potential for wheeling water through the district’s irrigation system. 


Additional Water Transfer/Water Rights Projects
Various Clients, California

West Yost has extensive experience in water resources engineering, and specifically in the area of market-based water transfers. Additional select projects include: