Use of Copper to Control Algae and Aquatic Vegetation in District Conveyances

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Firebaugh Canal Water District (FCWD)
Document Title
Use of Copper to Control Algae and Aquatic Vegetation in District Conveyances
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Irrigation and drainage conveyances
Document Description
Firebaugh Canal Water District intends to use copper in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (CAG990005) to control algae and/or aquatic vegetation. Efficient irrigation conveyance is critical to the functions of the District. However, the District’s conveyances are prone to infestation by several floating and submersed aquatic weeds including pondweeds (sago, American, horned), Egeria densa, Elodea canadensis, and planktonic and filamentous algae. The presence of these weeds and algae in District facilities can adversely impact water flow and reduce water capacity, prevent or greatly reduce delivery of irrigation water at turnouts, clog siphons and pumps, and block screens, thus preventing efficient delivery of irrigation water.

Contact Information

Stephen Burkholder
Agency Name
Blankinship & Associates, Inc.
Job Title
Senior Biologist
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Jeff Bryant
Agency Name
Firebaugh Canal Water District
Job Title
General Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Firebaugh, Mendota
Other Location Info
Firebaugh Canal Water District irrigation water conveyances

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), 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, Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (No development nor ground disturbance will occur )
Local Actions
NPDES Permit for Algae and Aquatic Vegetation Control
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Hydrology/Water Quality


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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