Onyx Ranch South Fork Valley Water Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
Document Title
Onyx Ranch South Fork Valley Water Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Land Use: Agricultural lands, vacant lands, paved and dirt roadways, Onyx Ranch headquarters with residential structures and supporting buildings, and Onyx Store and residential structure. Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture), A-1 (Limited Agriculture), A-1 MH (Limited Agriculture/Mobilehome Combining), RF (Recreation-Forestry), E (2 ½) (Estate-2 ½ Acres), and CH (Highway Commercial)
Document Description
The RRBWSD proposes to change the points of diversion and place of use for the water rights associated with the parcels on the project site so that the water can be delivered in the RRBWSD service area on the San Joaquin Valley floor and used for irrigation and groundwater recharge. The RRBWSD proposes to reduce the diversion and use of surface water on the project site by converting irrigated fields to non-irrigated pasture or native vegetation. With the proposed project, surface water that is diverted under the existing condition would remain in the South Fork of the Kern River and flow downstream. The net increase in the South Fork would flow downstream to the Isabella Reservoir, be released through the Isabella Dam, and flow downstream in the Lower Kern River until the water is diverted at the RRBWSD diversion points. From there, the RRBWSD would deliver the water to recharge basins and channels within and near its service area west of The City of Bakersfield. The increased water supplies to the RRBWSD' s service area would mitigate the shortages in the RRBWSD's contracted SWP water supply from the State of California, which has been steadily reduced due to environmental constraints impacting exports in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta.

Contact Information

Dan Bartel
Agency Name
Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Rosedale~Rio Bravo Water Storage District
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Weldon, Onyx
Cross Streets
SR 178, Fay Ranch Road, Kelso Valley Rd, Doyle Ranch Rd, and Scodie Lane
Total Acres
State Highways
SR 178 SR 155
South Fork of the Kern River, Isabella Reservoir, Kern River
Other Location Info
APNs, Township, Range, and Sections: See NOC for full details.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 19, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Change in points of diversion and place of use for water rights-)
Local Actions
Project Approval
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


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