N1 Regulating Reservoir Expansion Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2004051071
Lead Agency
Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
Document Title
N1 Regulating Reservoir Expansion Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
7/19/2004
Present Land Use
Agricultural Zoning: Exclusive Agriculture General Plan Designation: Intensive Agriculture with Minimum 20 Acres

Document Description
The Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (AEWSD or District) proposes to expand the existing 36-acre N1 Regulation Reservoir located near the beginning of the District's North Canal. The proposed project (Project) will involve constructing approximately an additional 30 acres of regulation/recharge ponds. The N1 regulation/balancing reservoir provides canal regulation capabilities, access to stored water for power or load management and water recharge benefits. The original design of this facility was primarily for regulation purposes, but the percolation rate has turned out to be comparable to the District's other water banking facilities. As a result, the District has benefited from this facility in more ways than one. Since water is stored in the existing N1 Regulation Reservoir nearly year round (over an 11-month period) there are groundwater recharge benefits on nearly a continuous basis. Annually, the existing and the proposed reservoirs will have the capability of recharging over 5,000 acre-feet into the groundwater aquifer. By increasing the acreage on this site, more water is able to infiltrate into the groundwater aquifer. An added benefit of the Project is the flexibility it allows in regulating flows in the North Canal. In addition to reservoir expansion, four (4) groundwater recovery wells are being proposed for construction on the site of the existing and proposed reservoirs. Annually, water recovered from the proposed wells is projected to average approximately 1,200 acre-feet with a maximum one-year recovery of 11,600 acre-feet. The amount of water recovered (extractions) will be less than the amount of water recharged. Thus, there is a net positive benefit to the groundwater aquifer from the Project. The District developed a 50-year analysis using DWR methodology to forecast groundwater banking operations and activities. Recovery wells would discharge into the N1 Regulation Reservoir for return to the North Canal. The District is committed to balancing recharge and well recovery volumes, with more water recharged than recovered over time in order to help mitigate any groundwater overdraft occurring within the District. With this project, both groundwater levels and groundwater quality are predicted to improve. The District would recover water from these wells during periods when irrigation demands cannot be met from limited surface water supplies.

Contact Information
Steve Collup, Engineer - Manager
Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
Lead/Public Agency
20401 Bear Mountain Blvd.
Arvin, CA 93203

Phone : (661) 854-5573

Location

Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
Edison Road and Muller Road
Zip
93203
Total Acres
~30
Parcel #
177-210-33
State Highways
58, 184
Waterways
AEWSD North Canal
Township
30S
Range
29E
Section
9
Base
MDB&M
Other Location Info
Nearest City: Lamont

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
N/A

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
No
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

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 state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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