Coachella Canal Mid-Canal Storage Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD)
Document Title
Coachella Canal Mid-Canal Storage Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The project consists of creating a single wide channel by joining two existing parallel canal channels, one the original earthen canal constructed in the 1940s, and the second concrete-lined canal constructed in 2005 as a part of the Coachella Canal Lining Project (CCLP). All earthwork required to join the two channels and create the storage reservoir will be conducted within the existing fence lines defining boundaries of the federal right-of-way within which the parallel canals are located. The project will provide up to 728 acre-feet of water storage to alleviate water storage deficiencies and increase water storage capacity, reliability, and efficiency within the CVWD water distribution system. The project will also resolve an ongoing maintenance problem in the affected lined-canal segment caused by high-clay content that results in significant cracking of the concrete. All earthwork will be balanced on-site with no material to be exported. Imported rock material will be placed on the eastern reservoir bank for erosion control. Work will be staged so that water supply deliveries are maintained throughout project development. Earthwork and related construction activities are expected to be completed in 6 to 8 months beginning in late summer 2023 and concluding in late-winter 2024.

Contact Information

Carlos Huerta
Agency Name
Coachella Valley Water District
Job Title
Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Other Location Info
The linear Coachella Canal segment proposed to be modified to create an inline reservoir, is located east of the community of Wister, in Imperial County, situated in Township 9 South, Range 14 East, east ½ of Section 36; southwest ¼ of southwest ¼ of Section 31; east ½ of Section 6; southwest 1/4 of Section 5; northeast ¼ of Section 8; south ½ of Section 9; northwest ¼ of Section 15, on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5' Wister quadrangle. The approximately 120-acre project site is located within Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APNs) 003-050-018, 003-050-025, 003-120-014, 003-120-022, 003-130-006, 003-200-047, and 003-210-001, and is bordered by Gasline Road to the east and Coachella Canal Road to the west. The project public land survey and coordinates are: • Township and Range: o Siphon 11: Section 16, T 10 S, R 14 E, SBBM o Siphon 14: Section 36, T 9 S, R 13 E, SBBM • Latitude and Longitude: o Siphon 11: 33° 18’ 05.75” N, 115° 30’ 30.03” W o Siphon 14: 33° 21’ 04.60” N, 115° 34’ 03.81” W

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Coachella Valley Water District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
CVWD’s Steve Robbins Administration Building, located at: 75-515 Hovley Lane East, in Palm Desert, CA 92211.


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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