Bureau of Reclamation releases environmental documents and finding of no significant impact for Stockdale East Groundwater Recharge Project

The Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District was selected for a $1 million WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant in 2016 to construct a 200-acre groundwater recharge pond to conserve 8,700 acre-feet annually

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: December 01, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation released the environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for the Stockdale East Groundwater Recharge Project. The project will construct a 200-acre groundwater recharge pond, allowing it to save around 8,700 acre-feet of water per year.

Reclamation selected the Rosedale–Rio Bravo Water Storage District to receive a $1 million WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant for this project in 2016. It is located 6 miles west of Bakersfield, California. An adjacent 30 acres are slated for access roads, staging areas and a new intake pumping plant expected to save around 6,870 acre-feet of water per year.

Reclamation prepared the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact detailing possible environmental effects of providing this funding. The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=30781. For questions on the project or to request a copy of the documents, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or nmartin@usbr.gov.

For more information on WaterSMART, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/

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