ONYX RANCH SOUTH FORK VALLEY WATER PROJECT
One project is the purchase of 3,300 acres of property (commonly referred to as the Onyx Ranch) east of Lake Isabella in order to acquire certain water rights associated with the property (“Onyx Project”). The Onyx Project brings together willing sellers of private property in the Kern River Valley and landowners in Rosedale to ensure a continued beneficial use of the water within Kern County and to mitigate water lost as a result of environmental restrictions in the Delta.
- February 2024 – Onyx Operations Report
- January 2024 – Onyx Operations Report
- December 2023 – Onyx Operations Report
- November 2023 – Onyx Operations Report
- FEIR – Final Environmental Impact Report Onyx Ranch Project
- NOA – Notice of Availability Onyx Ranch Project DEIR
- DEIR – Draft Environmental Impact Report Onyx Ranch Project
PROJECT PUBLIC BRIEFING
ONYX RANCH PHOTO GALLERY
WHY DO WE NEED THIS PROJECT?
Rosedale is seeking to replace water lost from its contracted supply in the Delta. The Onyx Project provides a cost-effective means to acquire a water right, which is perpetual, not just a contracted water supply with a limited term.
Continued reliance upon the Delta for water in Kern County is risky as environmental restrictions are expected to further reduce our ability to move water through the Delta. Delta water supply projects considered by Rosedale and others in Kern County have the following challenges:
- They rely upon the Delta which has experienced significant regulatory and legal restrictions on water exports.
- They are contracted supplies with fixed terms of typically 30-50 years (less certain for the long-term).
- They are significantly more expensive!
Most importantly, this project will yield more water at less cost than any Delta alternative currently available. The Onyx Project will help Rosedale maintain one of the lowest water rates in Kern County and serve thousands of families and family farms.
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE OF THE DEVELOPER OF THIS PROJECT?
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT?
The project is on previously disturbed land, actively being used for agriculture and grazing and some of those uses will continue. The property is near the Kern River Preserve, which is land that is managed by Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the wildlife it supports. As part of the environmental review process, it was found that given a comprehensive list of mitigation and monitoring efforts that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment, including the water rights of other legal users. Please see the Findings of Fact for a detailed description of the environmental analysis findings.
WILL ANY OF THIS WATER BE SOLD OUTSIDE OF KERN COUNTY?
No. Rosedale will utilize the water supplies for the exclusive benefit of water users in Kern County.
For more information contact Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District: (661) 589-6045.