Sandridge Irrigation Pipeline Extension Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Stratford Public Utility District
Document Title
Sandridge Irrigation Pipeline Extension Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
GPLU (2035): Agriculture Open Space Stratford Community Plan Land Use (2015): Limited Agriculture, Reserve Multiple Commercial, Reserve Medium Density, Reserve Mixed Use, Public, Open Space, Downtown Mixed Use Zoning: AG20, AG40, MU-D, R-1-20, A-JR
Document Description
The proposed project encompasses a 3.7-mile irrigation water pipeline that would connect to and from existing Sandridge Partners LP (Sandridge) water distribution systems. The project includes segments that are both constructed (approximately 3.2 miles) and yet to be constructed (approximately 0.5 mile); these segments collectively comprise the proposed project (approximately 3.7 total miles of pipeline). New construction would involve the installation of a 48-inch diameter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline approximately 200 feet across the Tulare Lake Canal, owned by Tulare Lake Canal Company (TLCC) and accessed on Sandridge-owned land with a 120-foot right-of-way held by TLCC, and the reconstruction of approximately 0.5 mile of existing canal on Sandridge-owned land and replacement of this section with the HDPE pipeline. The pipeline would have an approximately 10-foot disturbance area on either side for construction activities and would have a total disturbance area of approximately 1.3 acres. The previously constructed sections encompass approximately 2.4 miles of 48-inch diameter HDPE pipeline between Highway 41 and the north side of the Tulare Lake Canal, as well as approximately 0.8 mile of 48-inch diameter HDPE pipeline from the south side of the Tulare Lake Canal to Blakely Canal. It is estimated that the installation of these pipeline sections disturbed a 10-foot area on either side, with a total disturbance area of approximately 7.7 acres. Operation of the proposed project would involve the transport of groundwater and surface water supplies from existing Sandridge sources located north of Stratford to irrigate Sandridge-owned farmlands within Kings County, with residual tailwater discharged into Blakely Canal. During flood events, the pipeline would transport water in the opposite direction, from Blakely Canal to the north, in order to efficiently facilitate the utilization of flood waters.

Contact Information

Caryn Larson
Agency Name
Stratford Public Utility District
Job Title
Office Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Stratford (Census Designated Place)
Cross Streets
Kent Ave, Kansas Ave, King Ave, Lansing Ave, Laurel Ave, Lincoln Ave, 20 1/2 Ave
Total Acres
Parcel #
See attached
State Highways
Newton Field Airport
Stratford Elementary School
Kings River, Tulare Lake Canal, Blakely Canal, Empire Canal, Stratford Canal

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), 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 Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Water Facilities (Private irrigation pipeline)(Type Pipeline, MGD 20.4)
Local Actions
Easement Grant
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, 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
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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