INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY IMPORTED PIPELINE PROJECT

Summary

SCH Number
2023080020
Lead Agency
Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA)
Document Title
INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY IMPORTED PIPELINE PROJECT
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Document Description
The IWVGA proposes up to a 24” diameter, 50-mile imported water pipeline, three booster pump stations, and a regulating station starting from the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency (AVEK) California City Feeder pipeline in California City to the Indian Wells Valley Water District’s (IWVWD) Ridgecrest Heights Water Storage Tank southwest of Ridgecrest. The three proposed booster pump stations and proposed regulation station would be necessary to pump the water over the El Paso Mountains located between California City and Ridgecrest. The pipeline would terminate at a new receiving water storage tank at IWVWD’s Ridgecrest Heights Storage Tank Facility. Approximately 20.6 miles of pipeline would pass through land owned by the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The route traverses or is adjacent to twenty-nine (29) parcels of private owners or trusts, twenty-three (23) parcels owned by either companies or corporations, and seven (7) private conservation parcels. It also traverses twenty-six (26) parcels on BLM land and two (2) parcels on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fremont Valley Ecological Reserve. For much of the alignment along Redwood Boulevard and Neuralia Road, the pipeline would be constructed in either the City of California City road right-of-way (ROW) or Kern County ROW, but the work may require some additional temporary construction easements with private landowners for laydown of materials and stockpiling of backfill materials. The pipeline would remain within the Neuralia Road ROW to avoid parcels with existing solar farms and the parcels owned by the Honda Corporation for the Honda Test Track, north of the city limits of California City.

Contact Information

Name
April Keigwin
Agency Name
Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority
Job Title
Clerk of the Board of Directors
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Name
Dena Giacomini
Agency Name
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
Job Title
Principal Planner, Environmental Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Location

Cities
all areas along pipeline alignment, California City, Ridgecrest
Counties
Kern
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
The Project is located between the Cities of California City and Ridgecrest, in Kern County, California. The Project begins in the City of California City at 35°06’55.20” N and 117°56’07.10” W. The centroid of the Project site is 35°22’37.4” N and 117°52’06.46” W. The Project ends in the City of Ridgecrest at 35°35’09.20” N and 117°42’14.61” W. Affected roadways include Redwood Boulevard, Neuralia Road, Redrock Randsburg Road, State Highway 395, and South China Lake Boulevard.

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 Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 19, 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
Other (Pipeline Project)
Local Actions
Pipeline Project
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Attachments

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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