BLM Releases Draft Environmental Analysis for the Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility Project


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

Media Contact:

Michelle Van Der Linden
Large pool of water at the foot of steep, snow capped mountains. Photo courtesy of Coachella Valley Water District.

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility Project located in Riverside County. Publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register initiates a 45-day public comment period.

The applicant, Coachella Valley Water District, seeks a right-of-way grant from the BLM for its existing groundwater replenishment facility in North Palm Springs which is partially located on BLM-managed public lands.

The proposed project supports President Biden’s goal to meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis by helping state and local agencies continue to manage critical groundwater supplies in the West for domestic, commercial, agricultural, and industrial users.

The BLM is the lead agency for the National Environmental Policy Act review. Information about the project and instructions for submitting a comment on the Draft EIS are available online at:

For further information, please contact BLM project manager Miriam Liberatore at 541-618-2412, or by email at  

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.