Generally bound by Jack Tone Road on the east, Highway 99 to the west, the Mokelumne River in the north and Temple Creek in the south


  • Open to growers, ranchers, developers, agencies and other interested landowners
  • All volunteer, financial compensation for land use
  • Parcel sizes in the 20 to 100 acre range
  • Total acreage planned: 800-1,200 acres
  • Average duration is 5- to 10-years in rotation with existing land use
  • Option to buy properties ideally suited for permanent recharge facilities

Funding Sources

  • $25 million from the Federal government
  • $8.5 million from Propositions 13 and 50, and local water agency assessments

Surface Water Supply

  • Surplus winter flows from Stanislaus, Calaveras, Littlejohns and Mokelumne watersheds
  • Average of 35,000 acre feet/year
  • Delivered through area rivers, canals, ditches and irrigation pipes

Recharge Methods

  • Flooded-fields, spreading basins, excavated pits, and surface water deliveries in-lieu of groundwater pumping
  • Flooded-field is the ecologically, logistically and economically preferred recharge method
  • 18-24 inch high levee on perimeter of 40 to 100 acre parcels
  • Monitoring wells installed to measure water migration, height and quality


  • Levee maintenance by district or landowner, per mutual agreement
  • Surface water delivery, timing and monitoring by district


  • Stockton East Water District
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


  • Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District
  • North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District
  • City of Stockton
  • San Joaquin County
  • Cal Water Service Company

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