Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for the Kern-Tulare Water District/West Kern Water District Groundwater Banking Project

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, MP Region Public Affairs Officer, 916-978-5100

For Release: May 24, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for a proposed action to allow the Kern-Tulare Water District to bank a maximum of 40,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project water and non-CVP water in the West Kern Water District Groundwater Bank.

The proposed action includes the return of half the water to Kern-Tulare Water District with the other half left in West Kern Water District as compensation for banking services. The agreement between the two water districts would be in effect for 25 years.   
The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100 or email

For additional information or to request a copy of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, please contact Charles Siek at 559-487-5138, TTY 800-735-2929. Copies of the final documents may also be viewed at Reclamation's Fresno South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

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