Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program Environmental Assessment

Farmington Groundwater Recharge
Program Environmental Assessment
Stockton, California

The USACE awarded Burleson a contract for the Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program. The program intends to replenish the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Basin to ensure future groundwater supply and protect against saltwater intrusion.

Long-term groundwater pumping for irrigation and industrial uses was historically in excess of natural replenishment. This dramatically lowered groundwater levels and allowed the intrusion of saline water to portions of the aquifer. The proposed action evaluated artificial groundwater recharge in accordance with a four-stage process. The four stages included:

  • Stage 1. Initial Site Screening
  • Stage 2. Pilot-Scale Recharge Testing
  • Stage 3. Demonstration-Scale Recharge Testing
  • Stage 4. Long-Term Operation and Maintenance

Data collected and evaluated during each of the first three stages would be used to support a decision about whether a site would advance to the next stage, be archived for evaluation at a future time, or be eliminated from further consideration for artificial groundwater recharge.

Burleson completed an environmental assessment (EA) for a Pilot-Scale Recharge Testing Program proposed at the Stockton East Water District (SEWD) water treatment plant (WTP) northwest site. This project site represented one parcel that could be used as a potential recharge area if the pilot study were successful.

Burleson completed biological and cultural resource surveys and draft EAs, assisted with SEWD preparation of their IS/MND, and relocated a burrowing owl present on the project site. Burleson coordinated with the CDFG, SHPO, and USFWS. Burleson also assisted with the design of a temporary water conveyance system and evaluated recharge water sources.

While the Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program will benefit primarily the local aquifer, local groundwater availability and quality will also improve, and water quality and abundance will increase within the Calaveras River Watershed with the recharging of the groundwater aquifer.

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"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA