Kings Basin Disadvantaged Communities Outreach Pilot Project Study

In partnership with the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Kings Basin Water Authority (KBWA) undertook the Kings Basin Disadvantaged Communities Pilot Project Study (KBDAC Study or Study) to develop an inventory of the Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) within the Kings Basin Region (portions of Fresno, Tulare and Kings Counties) and learn how to better integrate and engage the DACs in the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning process. The California Public Resources Code defines a DAC as a community with an annual median household income that is less than 80 percent of the Statewide annual median household income (MHI).

The objectives of the Study are defined as:

  1. Develop a comprehensive inventory of all disadvantaged communities and their water-related needs, initiate first-time intentional outreach to all identified DACs, and integrate contact info into the Kings Basin IRWMP mailing lists;
  2. Engage and integrate DACs effectively into the Kings Basin IRWMP by developing Subregion groups to conduct integrated regional water management planning to address priority DAC needs within the Kings Basin IRWMP; and
  3. Develop conceptual [pilot] project descriptions and cost estimates to include in the Kings Basin IRWMP master project list and facilitate partnerships between DACs and other IRWMP Members and Interested Parties.

Due to the lower income levels generally found in the San Joaquin Valley, most communities in the Kings Basin Region meet the definition of a DAC. However, there is a significant difference in capacity, water supply and infrastructure needs between an extremely large DAC, such as the City of Fresno, with approximately half a million people and a small severely disadvantaged community (SDAC) with populations of less than a dozen residents, such as a mobile home park or community services district.

The Kings Basin Region has over 100 DACs. In order to more effectively reach out and engage this number of DACs, the Kings Basin Region was divided into five Subregions (see map above): Northern Tulare County, Fresno/Clovis and Surrounding Areas, Western Fresno County, Eastern Fresno County and Northern Kings County with a separated inventory of entities and DACs/SDACs. Entities include special district, schools, mobile home parks, cities, unincorporated communities, assemblage of residences with a community water system. With the statewide annual MHI of $60,392, the DAC annual MHI threshold is $48,314 and the SDAC annual MHI threshold is $36,235.

Fact Sheet

Learn more about the pilot study’s background, goals, project team and much more with this 2-page fact sheet English | Spanish.

Kings Basin DAC Inventory

Study Area Subregion
Northern Tulare County 30 15
Fresno/Clovis and Surrounding Areas 78 38
Western Fresno County 44 22
Eastern Fresno County 68 30
Northern Kings County 17 5

Pilot Project Study Final Report

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Misc. Project Documents

Project Team

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Related Studies

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