Setton Pistachio Treated Wastewater Land Application Expansion Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
Setton Pistachio Treated Wastewater Land Application Expansion Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
Setton Pistachio (the applicant) is proposing to increase the volume of treated wastewater that would be applied to the LAAs during the pistachio harvest season. To account for the increased volume of treated wastewater to be used for irrigation, Setton is proposing to add 89 acres of LAAs to expand their wastewater treatment disposal capacity. As illustrated in Figure 2, the additional 89 acres would include APNs 320-040-004, -005, -006, -007, -008, -009; 320-040-034; and 320-070-023, -024, and -025 (89 acres of pistachio orchards with crop cover). The sites are owned by Setton Pistachio and are zoned AE-20 (Exclusive Agricultural Zone - 20 Acre Minimum) by Tulare County. The proposed LAAs are surrounded by land developed with agriculture and local roads. The project would include installation of a 15-inch subsurface pipeline to connect the additional LAAs to the existing treated wastewater distribution pipelines and installation of irrigation lines within the LAAs. Two encroachment permits would be required from Tulare County for the new pipeline to reach two of the new LAAs. The additional LAAs would allow Setton Pistachio to increase the annual wastewater discharge from 60 million gallons per year (MGY) to 85 MGY (maximum daily discharge rates would remain at 3 million gallons), allowing the facility to fully utilize its current design capacity. Improvements to the existing wastewater treatment facilities are also proposed to protect beneficial uses of water, prevent nuisance conditions, and comply with waste discharge requirements issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. This would include adding fiber filters to the existing gunite-lined pond to remove excess solids from treated wastewater prior to its release into the East and West Ponds, where it is stored on a short-term basis for distribution to the LAAs. Further, paddles would be installed in the West Pond for aeration, and a Venturi Model 06 EMOHTM system would be installed in the East Pond to improve aeration to prevent septicity and odor production.

Contact Information

Hector Guerra
Agency Name
Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Job Title
Chief Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Terra Bella
Cross Streets
Ave 96/Rd 224; Ave 92/Rd 224; Ave 92/Muller Rd
Parcel #
320-040-004, -005, -006, -007, -008, -009, 320-040-034, & 320-070-023, -024, -025
State Highways
State Route 65
Other Location Info
9370 Road 234

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, 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 Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Water Facilities (25 MGY increase)(Type Irrigation, MGD 25), Other (Land application of treated wastewater)
Local Actions
Minor Modification
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Transportation, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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