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Site selection follows a methodical approach that considers many factors, including the candidate property’s ability to percolate water to the aquifer. Through a four-phased process, the Program assures cost-effective and cost-efficient development of candidate sites, while preserving the rights of the landowner and Program sponsors. Site selection phases include:

Phase One: Site Screening

  • Determine landowner interest
  • Analysis of potential benefits
  • Analysis of site location for environmental review and water supply
  • Analysis of parcel size and availability

Phase Two: Field Investigation

  • Borehole drilling to sample and analyze soil composition
  • Analysis of groundwater and supply water quality
  • Prepare Environmental Assessment, within framework of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act

Phase Three: Site Testing

  • Sign land agreement with landowner
  • Site preparation for demonstration testing, including:
    • Construct field flooding cell and water conveyance
    • Construct surface water monitoring system
    • Construct groundwater monitoring well system to measure groundwater elevation and water quality
  • Fied flooding initation and operation

Phase Four: Long-term Operations

  • Long-term land agreements
  • Final design, construction and operation
  • Site management and monitoring