Reclamation releases Cawelo Water District Famoso Basin Pipeline Project draft environmental document

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, 02/08/2018 12:11

For Release: February 08, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation proposes awarding $750,000 through a 2016 CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grant, to Cawelo Water District for its Famoso Basin Pipeline Project in Kern County.

The district would use the funds toward construction of the project which would replace 2.4 miles of unlined canals with a 1.8-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter, bi-directional, intertie pipeline. The bi-directional pipeline would connect to the Friant-Kern Canal to allow for the efficient conveyance and return of surface water to the district’s Reservoir and Pump Station D. Construction is expected to begin in April 2018 and last about eight months, weather depending.

Reclamation prepared a draft environmental assessment detailing possible environmental effects of providing this funding to Cawelo Water District. The draft is available at and public comment will be accepted through Feb. 23, 2018.

For comments, questions on the project or to request a copy of the document, please contact Nathaniel Martin at 916-978-6153 (TTY 800-877-8339) or

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