Sacramento, California - The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, clearing the way for Central California Irrigation District to access $418,500 towards constructing its Oil Station Improvement Project in the San Joaquin Valley.
The irrigation improvement project is to be partially funded with a CALFED Water Use Efficiency grant. Reclamation provides cost-shared funding on a competitive basis for water conservation and energy efficiency projects through the CALFED Water Use Efficiency grant program.
The proposed project, 8 miles southeast of the city of Patterson, is expected to improve water quality in the San Joaquin River, and reduce transport and delivery losses within the district by more than 1,000 acre-feet per year. Features include replacing more than 6,000 feet of cast-in-place pipeline with a 36” PVC pipeline, and constructing a small buffering reservoir with a pump station to provide water delivery service to the Oil Station service area. Construction is expected to begin in December and end in April 2016, weather permitting.