North Kern Groundwater Storage Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
North Kern Water Storage District
Document Title
North Kern Groundwater Storage Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Project construction will take place in canal rights of way and areas developed to irrigated agriculture. The proposed Project is located within the area covered by the Kern County General Plan and is designated "8.1- Intensive Agriculture (min 20 acre parcel size)".
Document Description
North Kern has been banking water for in-District purposes for the last 50 years and, through the use of existing facilities and new facilities, proposes to provide banking services to other agencies. The water banking program envisioned by North Kern is conceptually simple; (1) the banking partner would deliver water to North Kern (through existing facilities and through a proposed turnout from the Friant-Kern Canal) which would be used by North Kern to turn off wells and/or directly recharge the underlying groundwater; (2) North Kern would recover the previously banked water through newly constructed wells and discharge it into the Friant-Kern Canal for ultimate delivery (either directly or indirectly) to the banking partner (presumably during "dry" years). Figure 2-1 shows North Kern's existing facilities, including canals, pipelines and water spreading areas, as well as facilities which would be constructed under the proposed Project. It has been estimated that water will be available for recharge in an average of one out of three years. The average for recovery of banked water from the Project is also about one year out of three.

Contact Information

Mr. Dana S. Munn
Agency Name
North Kern Water Storage District/ County Water Agency
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Hwy 99 and Seventh Standard Road
Total Acres
2 acres
State Highways
Southern Pacific
Meadows Field
Shafter & Wasco Schools
Posco Creek
Other Information
Township: 26S, 27S, & 27S Range: 25E & 26E

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Water Facilities (Canal Turnout & Wells)
Local Actions
Groundwater Storage
Project Issues
Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hydrology/Water Quality, Wildlife
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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