Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District Voluntary Rotational Land Fallowing Project Initial Study/Negative Declaration

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
Document Title
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District Voluntary Rotational Land Fallowing Project Initial Study/Negative Declaration
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use

Document Description
To comply with SGMA, a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) was developed for crucial groundwater basins in California. The Kern Groundwater Authority (KGA) is one of eleven (11) Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s (GSAs) within the San Joaquin Valley. SWID is a member of the KGA. In 2015, SWID began implementation of the SWID Recharge Project to help achieve sustainable groundwater levels and avoid the corresponding adverse environmental and economic burden associated with groundwater declines, including increased use of power and energy resources as well as the potential for fallowing of agricultural lands in the District. The main sustainability goal is to maintain an economically viable groundwater resource. One of the multi-pronged approaches is to provide a program to allow the fallowing of agricultural lands for the purpose of reducing water demands relying less on groundwater sources for agricultural irrigation. Long-term groundwater sustainability goals are to implement project and management actions to both increase water supplies and reduce demands within SWID’s management basin. Specific to the reduction in irrigation demand, SWID proposes a Voluntary Rotational Land Fallowing Program. The SWID Board of Directors would decide annually if there is a need to fallow land to reduce irrigation water demand and if there would be a sufficient budget available in the Program and Management Action portion of the SWID Management Area 2 (MA-2) budget to compensate the landowners for fallowing efforts.

Contact Information
Ken Bonesteel
Provost & Pritchard
Lead/Public Agency
1800 30th Street Suite 280
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 616-5900

Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
Project Applicant


35°6'37.9"N 118°28'1.5"W
Shafter Wasco
Southern California
Cross Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
I-5 and Hwy 99
Shafter Airport/Minter Field
Poso Creek
Mt. Diab
Other Location Info
T26S R24E, T27S R24E, T27S R25E, T28S R24E, T28S R25E, T28S R26E
Other Information
SWID is located in northwestern Kern County, northwest of Bakersfield, between Interstate 5 and Hwy 99. The northern portion of SWID is bisected by Hwy 46. Hwy 43 runs north-south through the District. The City of Wasco is located in the northern portion of the District. The City of Shafter is located in the southern portion of the District.

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Agriculture (Voluntary Rotational Land Fallowing Program)
Local Action
Project Issues
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (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) Central Valley Flood Protection Board Sierra Nevada Conservancy State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)


Environmental Document
ISND SWID Rotational Fallow_Clean_08   PDF 5226 K NOI SWID Rotational Fallowing Project   PDF 64 K SCH Summary_Form SWID Voluntary Rotational Fallowing Project   PDF 277 K
NOC SWID Rotational Fallowing Project   PDF 1198 K
State Comments
2020080457_CDFW Comment   PDF 6999 K 2020080457_CDFW Response to Comment   PDF 863 K

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