The McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Expansion Project is located in Fresno County and the Kings Subbasin, northeast of Helm, south of Kerman, and southwest of Fresno. It is intended to build upon existing infrastructure to divert available flood water and stormwater flows from the Kings River that are intended to be released downstream of the James Weir. Diverted waters will be used for direct groundwater recharge, or for distribution to participating farmlands for in lieu recharge or direct groundwater recharge, an approach termed On-Farm Recharge (OFR). Diversion occurs on the southern end of the James Bypass (or Fresno Slough), just upstream of the James Weir. The McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Expansion Project will increase the current diversion rate from 150 cfs to 450 cfs to an area of approximately 40,400 acres in order to efficiently recharge critically overdrafted groundwater aquifers in the area. This expansion will also address issues related to flood and storm flow events from the Kings River. Flood events in this area have been detrimental to downstream farmlands and communities along the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers and have caused damage in historic storm events.
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Water Facilities (Conveyance features and flood flow diversion)(Type Canals and pumps, MGD 2.9)
Flood flow diversion on existing ag. fields
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