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Released On: July 10, 2013

Draft Environmental Documents Released for Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Paregien Basin Project

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Bureau of Reclamation and the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District have released draft environmental documents for the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Paregien Basin Project.

The proposal would consist of constructing two groundwater recharge/stormwater control basins, one of 19.6 acres and one of 3.4 acres, to provide groundwater recharge and flood protection for the nearby city of Farmersville and the Linnell Farm Labor Center. 

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 be from January 2014 through August 2014.

Reclamation proposes to provide a WaterSMART grant to the district to support construction of the project. Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for on-the-ground water conservation and energy efficiency projects.

The Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact are available online at: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=13730. If you encounter problems accessing the documents online, please call 916-978-5100, or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Written comments on the Draft EA/IS are due by Aug. 8, 2013 and may be sent to the district’s consultant, Dennis R. Keller, Project Engineer, Keller/Wegley Engineering, 209 South Locust Street, Visalia, CA 93291 or emailed to kelweg1@aol.com.

For additional information, please contact Brad Hubbard, Natural Resource Specialist, Reclamation, at 916-978-5204, or Nicholas Keller, Staff Engineer, Keller/Wegley Engineering at 559-732-7938.

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