Root Creek Water District


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Root Creek Water District (RCWD )
Document Title
Root Creek Water District
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Agriculture, Open Space, Residential

Document Description
The proposed project is to divert flows from Root Creek in southeastern Madera County by constructing the Root Creek Water Appropriations Project (Project). The Project includes construction of six control structures across a 3.5-mile segment of Root Creek. At each proposed control structure there will be a flashboard riser and embankments varying in height, which will include culverts and control gates intended to control the water level and flow through the embankments at a capacity of up to 550 cfs. The project will integrate flexibility in passing large water flows due to the storm flows variation in magnitude. The project proposes six infiltration basins, which will capture storm water runoff within the Root Creek Channel. The project includes excavation within the channel to build the proposed embankments and use Root Creek's natural surface elevations as the north and south embankments. A lift station and pump will be constructed at infiltration basin 5 to take additional demand from Root Creek and into an existing basin. The project will integrate existing pipe connections to existing irrigation facilities, which include gate valves, meters, strainers, and vaults, approximately 1,585 linear feet of pipe, along with four outlet structures into the infiltration basins that will deliver water for recharge purposes when not being used to capture storm water. Fencing along with gates will surround infiltration basins 1, 2 and 3 to prevent harm to residents from Riverstone and Rolling Hills subdivisions when these areas are converted to a recreational parkway in the future. The proposed project infiltration basins will have the ability to store and reregulate storm waters, percolate storm water to the underground for increasing the local water supplies, minimize the flooding downstream of the project, and provide for catchment of silt loading that moves through the system which then deposits and accumulates downstream. Implementation of the Project would intercept a significant portion of the flows from the watershed and utilize this resource by recharging the supply to the aquifer. This linear 107-acre study area extends approximately 125 feet to either side of the creek channel. (The total area of the APE is 107 Acres. The APE boundary is 125 ft on each side, from creek to APE boundary, meaning the entire width of the APE is approximately 250 ft). Approximately 9,000 cubic yards of dirt will be excavated from the channel and used for each levee. (1,500 cubic yards at each of the six proposed levee locations.) Grading will be balanced on site.

Contact Information
Julia Berry
General Manager
Lead/Public Agency
P.O. Box 27950
Fresno, CA 93729, CA 93729

Phone : (559) 970-8778
Briza Sholars
Provost & Pritchard
Consulting Firm
286 W. Cromwell
Fresno, CA 93711

Phone : (559) 449-2700


36°54'15.1"N 119°49'21.7"W
Cross Streets
Road 38
Parcel #
049-052-005 080-150-006 080-222-052 080-221-040 080-222-024 049-630-001 080-222-023 080-221-051
State Highways
Hwy 41
Other Location Info
The Project is located in Madera County, central California, approximately 172 miles southeast of Sacramento and 148 miles northwest of Bakersfield. The west side of the proposed project APE begins at Road 38 and runs east/northeasterly for 3.5 miles. The north, west, and south sides of the APE borders along agricultural farmland plots. Hwy 41 is 0.39 miles east of the APE. The City of Fresno city limit is located 3.2 miles south of APE. The community of Madera Ranchos is 1.32 miles north of APE. The City of Madera is located approximately 10 miles northwest from APE

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Water Facilities (Control Structures)(Type NA, MGD 0.00001)
Local Action
Water Facilities Project
Project Issues
Biological Resources Cultural Resources Drainage/Absorption Geology/Soils Vegetation
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) 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 Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (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 San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Central Valley Flood Protection Board Delta Stewardship Council Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 11 State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality


Environmental Document
1 - Root Creek WD Draft IS-MND 2   PDF 24047 K Root Creek WD Notice Of Intent   PDF 66 K
Root Creek WD Notice of Completion   PDF 156 K

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