Sandridge Irrigation Pipeline Extension Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Stratford Public Utility District
Document Title
Sandridge Irrigation Pipeline Extension Project
Document Type
EIR - 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 construction of an approximately 5.5-mile long, underground 48-inch irrigation water pipeline that would connect to and from existing Sandridge water distribution systems and replace existing open irrigation ditches. The proposed project includes segments that are both constructed (approximately 3.2 miles) and yet to be constructed (approximately 2.3 miles); these segments collectively comprise the proposed project (approximately 5.5 total miles of pipeline). New construction would involve the installation of a 48-inch diameter HDPE pipeline approximately 200 feet across the Tulare Lake Canal, controlled by Tulare Lake Canal Company (TLCC) and accessed on Sandridge-owned land with a 120-foot right-of-way held by TLCC for the canal. The pipeline would be installed approximately 4 feet below the channel of the Tulare Lake Canal. The pipeline is designed so that when installation of the pipeline and restoration of the canal is complete, the pipeline would not interfere with the canal’s transportation of water or otherwise affect the integrity of the earthen canal. New construction would also involve the replacement of approximately 2.3 miles of existing canal that experiences significant water loss due to evaporation on Sandridge-owned land located north of Kent Avenue and south of Jersey Avenue near Stratford to State Route 41. Installation of the new pipeline would require crossings under Kent Avenue, Kansas Avenue, and State Route 41. The pipeline would be installed at a depth of approximately 3.5 to 4 feet below the surface. The previously constructed sections of the proposed project encompass approximately 2.4 miles of underground 48-inch diameter HDPE pipeline installed at a depth of approximately 3.5 to 4 feet below the surface of the existing canal between State Route 41 and the north side of the Tulare Lake Canal, as well as approximately 0.8 mile of 48-inch diameter HDPE pipeline installed below the existing canal from the south side of the Tulare Lake Canal to Blakely Canal. Operation of the proposed project would involve the transport of groundwater supplies from seven existing Sandridge groundwater wells located north of Stratford (in addition to any residual runoff that flows into the open sections of Sandridge irrigation canals) to irrigate approximately 3,200 acres of existing Sandridge-owned farmlands located in the vicinity of Stratford within Kings County. Any residual water in the pipeline after the irrigation season would be released into Blakely Canal. The proposed project would not result in an increase in groundwater pumping or surface water use and would result in the availability of additional irrigation water supply relative to existing conditions as a result of reduced water loss due to soil percolation and evaporation. It is not proposed that the additional water be used to expand operations for either Sandridge or other farms.

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 Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), 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 Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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, 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
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, 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,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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