Turnipseed Basin Phase VI Expansion Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Document Title
Turnipseed Basin Phase VI Expansion Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The District acquired a 150-acre parcel and is in the process of acquiring a 20-acre parcel that would be used for the construction of a recharge basin with multiple cells to provide for sustainable management of surface and groundwater. The current project is identified as Turnipseed Basin Phase VI Expansion. Project components could include ponds/cells within the basin separated by levees, performance testing, and demobilization. The District will excavate approximately 200,000 cubic yards of material from the site to form the overall basin. The basin will be further divided into approximately eight (8) cells to accommodate the varying topography and to minimize erosion by wave action. New levee construction would not exceed six feet, measured from the exterior toe to the top of new levee. The Project design will balance the earthwork, and no export of soil is anticipated. The Project will include a settling channel on the east side and an overflow basin along its western edge. The Project may also include construction of a network of monitoring wells if needed to supplement existing monitoring wells associated with the existing banking operations that currently exist in proximity to the Project. Construction of those Project components would likely occur after construction of the basins are complete. The only pipelines contemplated in the Project would serve to introduce water for recharge/banking via construction of a tee in the existing Ave 40 Lateral. The District envisions that the basin will receive water from Lateral 113.7W which originates at a 97 cfs, 66-inch turnout on the Friant-Kern Canal, then extends west along Avenue 40 and beyond the Project site. At the Project location, the lateral is 48-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe and has an approximate capacity of 75 cfs. If recovery wells are constructed, they would tie into District laterals through newly constructed intertie facilities. Any banking return via District recovery wells on the 170-acre site would flow back to the Ave 40 mainline or other laterals. None of the recovered water would be returned to the Friant-Kern Canal.

Contact Information

Eric R. Quinley
Agency Name
Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Job Title
General Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


southwest Tulare County
Southern California
Cross Streets
Avenue 40 and Road 168
Parcel #
38-120-010 and 338-120-011
Other Location Info
The Project is located in Tulare County, California, approximately 210 miles southeast of the city of Sacramento and 30 miles northwest of the city of Bakersfield. The Project site is located on Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 338-120-010 and 338-120-011 at the intersection of Avenue 40 and Road 168, southwest Tulare County, northeast of the City of Delano. The centroid of the Project site is 35° 51’ 34.41” N, 119° 12’ 06.29” W. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) is approximately 170 acres.

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District, 14181 Avenue 24, Delano, CA 93215


(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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