The 2011 – 2017 drought had adverse impacts on the Kings Basin’s surface and groundwater supplies. The majority of the irrigated farmland within the Basin received shortened or no surface water supplies for the growing season. In addition, both urban and agricultural groundwater pumping increased dramatically exasperating the overdrafted aquifer that supplies the region. Environmental needs were also impacted with less flow in the Kings River.
Though Governor Jerry Brown called an end to the drought emergency on April 7, 2017, water conservation must remain a way of life. Many of the region water agencies are engaged in activities to lessen the impacts of the recent drought and to mitigate the impacts of future droughts.
Other CA Drought Resources
Governor’s Drought Declaration
La Niña Fact Sheet
Public Update on Drought Response – Nov. 2014
CA DWR Breaking Drought News
CDFA Drought Resources Page
State of California Drought Page
USDA California Water Science Center Drought Page
National Integrated Drought Information System
County of Tulare Drought Page