Blythe Avenue Recharge Basin Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Riverdale Irrigation District
Document Title
Blythe Avenue Recharge Basin Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Project Area General Plan Designation Zoning District ONSITE Agriculture Exclusive Agriculture ADJACENT LANDS Agriculture Exclusive Agriculture
Document Description
The Proposed Project involves one phase of construction including two groundwater recharge basin facilities. The recharge water will be recovered in dry years, for use in the District efforts to achieve groundwater sustainability. Basins Construction of the project will include equipment mobilization, excavation of earthwork for recharge basins, and construction of basin perimeter berms at both sites. Project components could include constructing ponds/cells within the two separate basins, as well as performance testing and demobilization. Depth of cut is estimated to be in the range of 3 to 6 feet, with an estimated volume of 100,000 cubic yards of material, which will be excavated and compacted on site. New berm construction would not exceed six feet in height, measured from the exterior toe to the top of new berm. The Project will also require modification or replacement of existing structures and a flow measurement standpipe structure. Pipelines There are two tie-in locations to the existing Turner Ditch canal. One proposed 500-foot-long pipeline will connect the southern property to the canal. Additionally, a 50-foot pipeline will connect the northern property. Diameter of the pipelines will be 60 inches or less. Turnouts The proposed project will include two turnouts with capacity for 35 cfs. The project will also include a proposed flow measurement standpipe structure.

Contact Information

Kim Mayfield
Agency Name
Riverdale Irrigation District
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Briza Sholars
Agency Name
Provost & Pritchard
Job Title
Senior Planner, Environmental Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Riverdale - CDP
Cross Streets
W Mount Whitney Avenue and S Blythe Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
053-200-09S (05320028ST), 053-440-18S, and 053-440-39S
Turner Ditch
Other Location Info
The Project is located in Riverdale, Fresno County, California, approximately 194 miles South of Sacramento and 106 miles North of Bakersfield. The Project site is located on Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APN) 053-200-09S, 053-440-18S, and 053-440-39S. Township 17S, Section 23, Range 19E. The centroid of the Project site is 36°26'15.4"N 119°52'57.8"W. The area of potential effect (APE) is approximately 24 acres including a 10 acre basin site and a 13 acre basin site, in addition to small pipeline connections.
Other Information
Project Background and Purpose The Riverdale Irrigation District (District) is a Water contractor in the North Fork Kings Subbasin, in Division 3, in south-central Fresno County. The District’s boundary extends from near the Kings County line on the south to Murphy Slough on the north, and from Fruit Avenue on the east to Fresno Slough on the west. It encompasses approximately 15,142 acres (24 square miles). The District provides irrigation water for agriculture through a series of canals. The District acquired approximately 24 acres of property (APNs 053-200-09S (05320028ST), 053-440-18S, and 053-440-39S) close to the intersection of W Mount Whitney Avenue and S Blythe Avenue to construct basins to provide for sustainable management of surface and groundwater. The properties are located in Riverdale, CA, a Census Designated Place in the far south-southwest Fresno County. These lands historically have been farmed and are now vacant. The historic passage of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014 set forth a statewide framework to help protect groundwater resources over the long-term. SGMA is comprised from a three-bill legislative package, including AB 1739 (Dickinson), SB 1168 (Pavley), and SB 1319 (Pavley), and subsequent statewide Regulations. In signing SGMA, then-Governor Jerry Brown emphasized that “groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.” (Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) ( Due to the implementation of SGMA the District is pursing projects to enhance groundwater levels and achieve sustainability, through groundwater recharge and groundwater banking for recovery in dry years.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State 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 Water Resources (DWR), 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, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Recharge Basin and pipeline)
Local Actions
Recharge Basins
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Tribal Cultural Resources


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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