KAWEAH DELTA WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Draft Environmental Documents Released For Farmersville Project
Plans for a Tulare County project northeast of Farmersville aimed at recharging groundwater and controlling stormwater for added flood protection are moving forward.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District have released draft environmental documents for KDWCD’s Paregien Basin Project.
Two groundwater recharge-stormwater control basins, one of 19.6 acres and another of 3.4 acres, would be built to provide groundwater recharge and flood protection for the nearby city of Farmersville and the Linnell Farm Labor Center. The facilities would be built along Deep Creek, immediately south of Highway 198 and adjacent to the Davis Ditch.
RELIABLE RECHARGE SOURCE
Reclamation officials said the project “would provide a reliable source of groundwater recharge for non-storable storm and flood waters and improve the district’s water supply management efficiency. In addition, new monitoring wells would be installed and oak tree habitat would be restored.”
Construction is expected to begin in January and last through August 2014. Reclamation proposes to provide a WaterSMART grant to the district to support construction. The Bureau provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for on-the-ground water conservation and energy efficiency projects.