Feasibility Analysis of Irrigation Canal Improvements

Client: US Bureau of Reclamation

Friant Dam, near Fresno, California, serves the Central Valley Project’s Friant Division long-term water contractors through three separate river and canal outlets: San Joaquin River outlet, Friant-Kern Canal, and Madera Canal. Since completion of construction by the US Bureau of Reclamation in 1945, the Madera Canal lost its ability to fully meet its constructed capacity, resulting in reductions of water deliveries to long-term contractors.

The US Bureau of Reclamation retained WRE to identify and evaluate structural and non-structural options that would restore the capacity of Madera Canal and optimize its operation. The scope of the project included:

  • Development and screening of initial alternatives.
  • Development of refined alternatives.
  • Performance of a feasibility analysis consistent with federal guidelines.
  • Preparation of a feasibility report.
  • Preparation of a Biological Assessment and documentation of National Historic Preservation Act compliance.