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

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020080457
Lead Agency
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
Document Title
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District Voluntary Rotational Land Fallowing Project Initial Study/Negative Declaration
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
10/1/2020
Project Applicant
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
Present Land Use
Specific site and surrounding land use and settings would vary depending on the landowner applications that would be approved by SWID for fallowing. The District’s management area encompasses the Cities of Wasco and Shafter and both incorporated and unincorporated lands.

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
Dena Giacomini
Provost & Pritchard
1800 30th Street Suite 280
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 616-5900
dgiacomini@ppeng.com

Location

Coordinates
35°32'8"N 119°19'54.2"W
Cities
Shafter Wasco
Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Zip
93280
Total Acres
800
State Highways
I-5 and Hwy 99
Airports
Wasco-Kern County Airport
Township
26-28S
Range
24-26E
Base
Mt Diabl
Other Location Info
QUADS - WASCO NW, POND, WASCO SW,WASCO, FAMOSO, RIO BRAVO, ROSEDALE

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
District Office, 16294 Central Valley Hwy, Wasco, CA 93280

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
No
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

Attachments

Notice of Determination
County Clerk Package   PDF 208 K

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