Upper Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Authority (commonly known as Kings Basin Water Authority)

Solutions to our water supply and water quality problems require collaboration and balanced solutions. A number of local agencies and organizations have been working over the past several years creating a coalition of water agencies, cities, counties and environmental interests in the Kings River Basin to deal with the most pressing local water issues, namely groundwater depletion, supply reliability and quality. Since the early 2000s, the Kings Basin Water Authority has received over $55 million in state financial support for use toward planning activities and to construct projects that address groundwater, water conservation and efficiency, water quality, riparian habitat, flood corridors, and disadvantaged communities. The projects are located throughout the basin. The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan includes a combination of projects to improve the way water is managed for the future. Additional proposals identified in the plan include storm water projects, water banking projects, parkway projects and surface water treatment projects. These projects have been proposed as partnerships between member irrigation districts, cities, counties and environmental organizations. The vision of the Authority is a sustainable supply of the Kings River Basin’s finite surface and groundwater resources through regional planning that is balanced and beneficial for environmental stewardship, overall quality of life, a sustainable economy and adequate resources for future generations.

Kings Basin IRWM Planning Area

The Kings Basin Water Authority’s IRWMP Region consists of the geographic areas under the jurisdiction of the Water Authority members and includes the majority of the Kings Groundwater Basin. The total land area of the IRWMP region is 610,000 acres with an irrigated land area of about 480,000 acres. The IRWMP Region also includes regional and smaller local water agencies and spans over parts of three counties: Fresno, Kings, and Tulare. The urban spheres of influence and current city boundaries are important because the water districts and urban entities need to work together to ensure compatibility and consistency between the prevailing land use and water supply plans for the area. The Kings Basin is a sub-basin of the San Joaquin Valley groundwater basin, within the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region. The IRWMP region includes nearly all of the Kings Sub-basin and small portions of the Delta-Mendota, Kaweah and Tulare Lake Sub-basins.