New groundwater banking project planned for San Joaquin Valley
April 18, 2017
• River restoration program releases draft environmental assessment
• Public has until May 16 to file comments
The San Joaquin River Restoration Program has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for a new groundwater recharge banking project in Tulare County.
The proposed project includes constructing an 800-acre groundwater recharge basin, installing a 4.5-mile pipeline connecting the new recharge basin to the Friant-Kern Canal and installing 16 groundwater recovery wells within the Pixley Irrigation District.
If built, it would allow the Pixley and Delano-Earlimart Irrigation districts to expand groundwater recharge efforts and improve groundwater levels, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program says.
The proposed project also would contribute to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program goal of reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts to Friant Division long-term contractors.
The Bureau of Reclamation would provide partial funding for construction of the proposed project.
This is the second opportunity for the public to review and comment on the draft. In March 2016, Reclamation and the South Valley Water Banking Authority circulated the Pixley Groundwater Banking Project Draft EA/IS for public review and comment.
Based on comments received, the Authority determined certain modifications to the project could be made that would be responsive to concerns raised and beneficial toward reducing potential impacts identified in the Draft EA/IS.
The document may be viewed at the links below. If there are problems accessing the document online (some readers might have to copy-and-paste the URL), please call (916) 978-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments are due by close of business May 16, 2017, to:
Bureau of Reclamation
2800 Cottage Way, MP-170
Sacramento, CA 95825.
Comments may also be faxed to 916-978-5469 or emailed to email@example.com. For additional information, please contact Ms. Victorine at 916-978-4624.