James Groundwater Storage and Recovery PROJECT
(at McAllister Ranch)
The project property, known locally as McAllister Ranch, was formerly a planned residential development that was in the early stages of construction. Due to the downturn in the real estate market and project financing issues, development was discontinued, and the property sat idle for several years until it was sold in a bankruptcy proceeding. Rosedale and Buena Vista Water Storage District jointly purchased the property in 2011 and are working together with the City of Bakersfield to construct another needed groundwater banking project on the precious Kern River Fan.
WHY DO WE NEED THIS GROUNDWATER BANKING PROJECT?
This project has the potential to recharge up to 200,000-acre feet of water in wet years. This quantity of water is more than double the total urban and agricultural demands within Rosedale in a given year.
One acre-foot of water is the amount of water typically used by two families of four in Kern County. Three acre-feet of water is typically required for each acre of irrigated agriculture.
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE OF THE DEVELOPERS OF THIS PROJECT?
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?
The project is on previously disturbed land, with some portions being actively used for agriculture. Because the prior intended use of the property was primarily commercial and residential development, the proposed Project will have a significantly reduced environmental impact. As part of the environmental review process, qualified biologists and cultural specialists have been retained to conduct assessments on site. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will fully discuss any mitigation measures needed to address potential effects of the project on sensitive cultural and biological resources.