Bureau of Reclamation – Challenge Grant Descriptions

Arizona

City of Peoria, Arizona, Water Resources Sustainability Enhancements in Peoria
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $1,843,291 Total Project Cost: $3,723,082
Local Contact: Robin Bain, robin.bain@peoriaaz.gov

The project will construct an additional recharge basin to bank reclaimed water from the City’s water reclamation facility; convert a well system from potable to non-potable water; and construct a reclaimed water pipeline and water measuring devices to allow reclaimed water from the City’s water reclamation facility to flow to the Roosevelt Irrigation District’s Groundwater Savings Facility, where it can be used for agriculture. Sustainable water resources in the southwest depend on underground storage. The project is part of the City’s efforts to preserve its groundwater supplies by directly storing reclaimed water underground and using reclaimed water in lieu of groundwater. Completion of the project is estimated to result in approximately 1,120 acre feet per year of banked water.

California

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Mulholland Highway Recycled Transmission Main
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $1,949,474 Total Project Cost: $4,359,284
Local Contact: David Lippman, dlippman@lvmwd.com

The District’s project includes construction of approximately 8,866 feet of pipeline to make up to 2,300 acre feet of recycled water per year available for customers. Treating water to drinking water standards consumes a large amount of energy. Expanding the use of recycled water reduces energy consumption and saves water by reducing the amount of potable water the District must use. The Mulholland Highway Recycled Transmission Main project will create additional recycled water transmission capacity to help meet state goals and assist with addressing the significant concerns of water shortages in the state of California.

Mojave Water Agency, Oro Grande Wash Groundwater Recharge Project
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $4,970,750 Total Project Cost: $9,941,500
Local Contact: Michael Limbaugh, mlimbaugh@mojavewater.org

The Agency’s project will construct a recharge basin with a turnout system with meter, valve, and screening structures; underground pipeline to the recharge basins; and will include several recharge ponds, a control facility and outlet structures. The project will replenish approximately 6,000 acre feet of groundwater per year to stabilize water resources in the Mojave River Basin, resulting in a more reliable and sustainable water source.

Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District, Turnipseed Groundwater Bank – Phase II
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $1,000,000 Total Project Cost: $2,002,700
Local Contact: Dale Brogan, dbrogan@deid.org

The District’s project will expand an 80-acre groundwater bank through installation of additional recovery wells, deepening existing recharge basins, and raising basin levees to improve storage and delivery capability. The purpose for the project is to reduce local and regional water conflicts through groundwater banking and reduce the District’s dependency on the Federal Central Valley Project water. The proposed project would improve water reliability to the District, market water for other uses, provide groundwater banking for other districts, and preserve groundwater resources.

Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Tule River Intertie Project
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $2,143,533 Total Project Cost: $4,287,067
Local Contact: Daniel Vink, dvink@ltrid.org

The District’s project will improve 1 mile of existing earthen canal and associated control structures and construct 2.5 miles of new earthen canal and associated control structures, allowing the District to minimize the amount of water lost to seepage and improve flow measurement. The proposed project would make available approximately 16,210 acre feet of water per year for water banking in the area or water marketing to other water users., aiding Federal Central Valley Project users by decreasing competition for surface water. The District derives much of its surface water from the San Joaquin River watershed, an area of significant water conflict, where competition for supplies by urban, agricultural and environmental users is at an all-time high.

North Kern Water Storage District, Calloway Canal to Lerdo Canal Intertie
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $5,000,000 Total Project Cost: $13,867,515
Local Contact: Dana Munn, northkern@aol.com

The District’s project will construct a bi-directional water conveyance connection to enhance the District’s ability to divert and deliver wet-year Federal Central Valley Project water to recharge the underlying groundwater and thereby support groundwater levels. The project is located in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, an area of significant water conflict, where competition for supplies by urban, agricultural and environmental users is at an all-time high.

Sacramento Suburban Water District, Sacramento Regional Water Meter Installation Acceleration Project
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $5,000,000 Total Project Cost: $15,341,003
Local Contact: Rob Swartz, rswartz@rwah2o.org

The District’s project will install 3,766 meters to conserve water. An estimated 1,730 acre feet per year of water conserved through the metering program will be made available for banking. The project also includes creation of a bulk water metering station to reduce over-use of construction water and serve as a contingency for well-water users in times of drought. The project is located in Sacramento in northern California, the largest metropolitan center upstream of the California Bay Delta. The project is expected to reduce demand and diversions from Folsom Lake, part of the Federal Central Valley Project, allowing more water for Bay-Delta flow and quality requirements.

Semitropic-Rosamond Water Bank Authority, Antelope Valley Water Bank Initial Recharge and Recovery Facility Improvement Project
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $5,000,000 Total Project Cost: $10,850,000
Local Contact: Wilmar Boschman, wboschman@semitropic.com

The Authority’s project will add new facilities to a water bank to provide a mechanism for existing and potential water bank users to buy/sell/lease/exchange water to meet existing and future water requirements. The project includes improvements to an existing recharge basin, development of an expanded delivery system (new pipelines), installation of four new recovery wells, a new recovery basin, new collection and recovery system, and a turnout. The project is located in the Antelope Valley region of southern California. The region is experiencing water crises for numerous reasons including climate change, drought, and a faltering economy. The project aims to address these concerns by creating opportunities for exchange, diversification of water resources, and flexibility and sustainability to current and future users.

Semitropic Water Storage District, Pond-Poso Spreading and Recovery Facility
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $2,220,659 Total Project Cost: $8,672,372
Local Contact: Paul Oshel, poshel@semitropic.com

The District’s project will complete the District’s spreading works (recharge facilities), which will add up to 65,000 acre-ft per year of direct recharge and 66,000 acre-ft of recovery capacity from the District’s groundwater bank. Work includes construction of recharge ponds and ditches, interbasin structures, pumping plant, 15 wells, 11 casing path wells and 6 shallow wells. Currently, Semitropic operates a Groundwater Bank, providing long term storage of water for use in times of need. This project is located in the Poso Creek region of California.

Idaho

Water District 11 Bear River, Bear River: Innovative Water Conservation Measure
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $3,838,759 Total Project Cost: $7,921,525
Local Contact: Lyla Dettmer, fswcd@earthlink.net

The District’s project will install 30 measuring devices and real-time automated water diversion reporting systems for 19 of 53 diversion points along the Bear River Basin in Idaho. The project will also convert 34.2 miles of ditch to pipeline and line 450 feet of canal with a polyurea lining, resulting in an estimated 39,000 acre feet of conserved water per year. Completion of the project will help to meet increased demands for water in the Basin, where water use efficiency is the key to preserving local farming.

Oregon

Swalley Irrigation District, Main Canal Piping Project and Ponderosa Hydroplant
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $2,058,935 Total Project Cost: $4,117,870
Local Contact: Suzanne Butterfield, suzanne@swalley.com

This is a three stage/phase project that would complete piping of ¾ miles of canal, the design and construction of a 0.75 megawatt hydropower plant, and a solar telemetry project that would allow the District to use solar power for a system that monitors, measures and controls water.

Three Sisters Irrigation District, Main Canal Pipeline Phase I – Deschutes County
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $1,300,000 Total Project Cost: $3,812,500
Local Contact: Marc Thalacker, tsid@uci.net

The District’s project will convert 16,500 feet of open canal to buried pipe; replace manual wooden headgates with automated headgates and install a telemetry and SCADA system; replace a wooden parshall flume and gauging station with measuring devices that will tie into the SCADA system; and work with the Deschutes River Conservancy to market approximately 833 acre-feet of water per year to protect flows for fish and water quality in Whychus Creek.

Utah

Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company, Canal Lining, Forebay Channel, and Headworks Replacement
Reclamation ARRA Funding: $3,674,598 Total Project Cost: $7,349,196
Local Contact: Bryce Wilcox, bkw@jub.com

The project will line 1,339 feet of canal with reinforced concrete, improve a forebay channel, and replace and automate headgates. These actions will conserve approximately 7,138 acre feet of water per year that the Canal Company currently loses to canal seepage, poor condition of the forebay channel, and river gates that do not close properly. The project will allow water users to lease additional water to areas such as Summit County, Utah, that are experiencing shortages.

DOI Recovery Investments by Bureau

Last Updated: February 02, 2012
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