The Newman Environmental Wetland System project (Project) is a multi-benefit 20-acre constructed treatment wetland that will manage storm water as a resource to provide water quality, water supply, environmental, and community benefits. The Project does this by capturing, treating, and infiltrating dry and storm water runoff. Project benefits include:
- Reduction of urban and agricultural pollutant loads to the Newman Wasteway and San Joaquin River,
- Infiltration of treated storm water to augment groundwater supply of the Delta-Mendota Subbasin,
- Use of a nature-based design that will help re-establish historic wetland ecological functions, and
- Creation of green infrastructure for community well-being and environmental resiliency.
The Project will be constructed on an undeveloped 78-acre parcel of land owned by the City that is currently used for cattle grazing. The Project will receive urban and agricultural storm and dry weather runoff from a contributing Drainage Management Area (DMA) of 2,241 acres. Currently, runoff from the DMA discharges, untreated, to the Newman Wasteway and San Joaquin River.