learn about the mcmullin area's water bank project
Strategically located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers in California’s Central Valley, the Aquaterra Water Bank increases the resiliency and flexibility of water suppliers across the State while improving sustainability of local groundwater resources.
how aquaterra water bank works
Groundwater banking is similar to financial banking. A water bank uses the empty space in groundwater aquifers for partners to “deposit” water, storing the water during wet periods, allowing them to “withdraw” it for use during dry years. Accurate accounting of deposits and withdrawals is maintained. There are two basic methods for putting water into water bank storage:
Direct recharge: adding surface water supplies for recharge in basins or on-farm to percolate water into the aquifer
In-lieu agreements: surface water supplies are provided to overlying landowners to be used “in lieu” (instead of) of groundwater pumping. The amount of water that otherwise would have been pumped becomes the banked water.
The groundwater that is stored is later recovered from the aquifer when needed through extraction wells.
Water entering Aquaterra Water Bank canals will be pumped to MAGSA’s east side as ground elevations increase. Gravity flow conveyance will bring water from the east back west.
McMullin Expansion Project intermediate pump stations like the one modeled below will move water east to recharge locations. The McMullin Expansion Project canal and pump stations are the second phase of an existing flood capture and recharge project completed in early 2019. The Expansion Project will increase conveyance at the James Bypass from 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 450 cfs and expand groundwater recharge potential on farmlands to an estimated 15,000 acres.
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Water Bank Draft Subscription Agreement and Feasibility Study
Submit this brief form below to download the Aquaterra Water Bank Draft Subscription Agreement and Feasibility Study.
Public Scoping Session
Stakeholders were invited to learn more and comment on the project becoming a federally approved water bank at a Public Scoping Webinar on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. View the webinar recording and presentation slides below.
Commenting during the 30-day Public Scoping Session:
MAGSA is dedicated to providing its landowners and stakeholders ample time and opportunity to comment on the proposed Aquaterra Water Bank project. Landowners and other interested stakeholders were able to submit comments a number of ways during the 30-day public scoping period beginning November 3, 2021 and ending December 3, 2021.