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Project: Lower Tule River Irrigation District Riparian Area Distribution System

Description: This construction project to replace an open channel distribution system with a pipeline distribution system to conserve water lost through seepage in the current distribution system consisting of natural channels of the Tule River. The project will construct three new laterals in the Lateral A service area of approximately 2,200 acres. This lateral system will cross the North Fork of the Tule River and the Middle Fork of the Tule River via a proposed underground pipeline. The proposed maximum capacity of the Lateral A system is estimated at 27.5 cubic feet per second (cfs).Water conservation will be achieved through this project by eliminating seepage losses through the natural channel and provide in-lieu recharge by offsetting groundwater pumping currently required to supplement the surface water delivery losses.

Reference Number: 3860-P01-102

Implemented By: Lower Tule River Irrigation District

Objective: The definitive purpose of this project is: - Replace an open channel distribution system with a pipeline distribution system to conserve water lost through seepage. Approximately 5,750 acres within LTRID are currently being served surface water through the existing open channels of the Tule River. The Tule River is a natural waterway that has significant seepage. The proposed project will relocate the distribution system from the Tule River channel to a pipeline distribution system. - Provide in-lieu recharge (offset groundwater pumping) by providing surface water previously lost to seepage to the LTRID landowners in the Riparian Area covering approximately 5,750 acres. - Keep the existing Tule River natural channels in place for environmental / wildlife habitat and utilize as groundwater recharge "basins" only using surface water not utilized by LTRID landowners.

Type: Water Management

Total Cost: $2,807,848.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 7/6/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Tulare

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Local Contribution1/19/2017$1,403,933.00
Prop. 1, Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Plans, Projects, and Programs1/19/2017$1,403,915.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Water ManagementWater Use Efficiency - Conservation  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description
Increase Operational and Regulatory EfficiencyAction Description


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