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Management Annual Budget
Annual Report 2010-11

General Manager Remarks

Fiscal Year 2010-11 was dominated by groundwater issues. It quickly became very clear that groundwater regulation was high on the mind of legislators and regulators. Groundwater elevation, overdraft rates, and quality have all taken center stage in Sacramento.

For example, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has developed significant amendments to the current Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program to include discharges to groundwater. The theory seems to be that any grower who irrigates - meaning all in the valley - has potential to pollute groundwater. This is just one part of a sweeping Regional Board effort to place all of valley agriculture under a blanket of strict state regulation.

Why is this so important? Groundwater is the foundation for agriculture, business and life in our region. Except for a fraction of the municipal water used in Fresno and Clovis, every drop consumed by people and a great deal of the water used on farms in the Kings River service area is pumped.

Making better use of this vital resource is already being pursued locally and regionally on a cost-efficient basis. KRCD will continue to represent that the State should support, not take away from, these local efforts.

In the following sections of this annual report, you will read highlights about KRCD's work in other resource management areas. KRCD's environmental, power, water and flood staff members through the leadership of its 7-member Board of Directors continue to ensure that the Kings River will always be meeting the needs of agriculture, a growing population, and fish and wildlife. I am proud to be a part of this team that makes KRCD successful for the benefit of the service area and the region at-large.

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Water Resources Hightlights

Kings River Water Quality
Surface water within the Kings River watershed continues to meet or exceed Basin quality standards according to 2010 monitoring results. Under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program initiated by the State, several sites are monitored by the Kings River Conservation District. The samples are analyzed for toxicity in organisms and exceedances of water quality standards.

The only ag-related issue encountered during the monitoring in 2010 was the detection of an insecticide at one sample site. Additional research was conducted to pinpoint the source and the cause of the detection. It was determined that the insecticide could have come from over-spray or from runoff.

Flood Levee Maintenance
The levee system that KRCD's flood levee maintenance staff members maintain handled significant flood releases in 2010-11.

In late December, lengthy periods of moderate to heavy rain led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to conduct a flood release from Pine Flat Dam of 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) down the North Fork of the Kings River on December 29. This target flood release peaked at 1,500 cfs for a 1-week period and ended on January 27.

After a drier than normal January, storm activity returned to the area in February. A number of storms contributed significantly to the snowpack accumulation and the Corps again ordered flood releases on March 1.

The target flood release peaked in April at 4,000 cfs. Daily flood patrols were instituted by KRCD in April and round-the-clock flood patrol activities.

Unusual late June and July storm activity added additional precipitation in the watershed prompting the Corps to increase flood releases. The flood releases peaked on July 7 at a target release of 4,750 cfs down the North Fork for a 21-hour period. Flood releases ended on July 12. There were no significant incidents and no flood fighting activities occurred during the season.

The flood release totaled over 500,930 acre-feet and the peak release from Pine Flat was 12,999 cfs on July 8. The runoff for the 2010-11 water year was 184 percent of the average April - July runoff.

California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring
KRCD has worked with local water agencies to serve as monitoring entity under the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring program. KRCD worked with the Department of Water Resources to develop guidelines for implementation of the first statewide program to collect groundwater elevations and to report this information to the public. Once fully implemented, the program will provide seasonal and long-term trends in groundwater levels within California's groundwater basins.

Kings Basin Water Management Authority
KRCD continued to work with over 50 cities, counties, water agencies, and environmental organizations which make up the Upper Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Authority. Since the early 2000s, the Water Authority has received nearly $29 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.

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Power Resources Highlights

Total energy production for the Jeff L. Taylor- Pine Flat Power Plant for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 amounted to 721,229.3 megawatt-hours. This amount is about 172 percent of the plant's projected long-term average output.

Total energy production for the Malaga Peaking Plant for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 amounted to 53,316.7 megawatt-hours.

San Joaquin Valley Power Authority
The San Joaquin Valley Power Authority (SJVPA) continued to meet quarterly during the fiscal year to assess the energy markets and opportunities in the areas of distributed generation, energy efficiency, outreach and education.

KRCD and the SJVPA also worked with a broader coalition of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs statewide to amend the original CCA law. Senate Bill 790 (Leno), which became law in September 2011, promotes competition by lifting many of the barriers that have prevented local agencies including KRCD and its surrounding communities from implementing CCA in their regions, including the conduct of the incumbent investor-owned utility. SB 790 also expands authorization to implement CCA to limited number of special districts, including KRCD, which are authorized and qualified to generate and deliver electricity.

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Environmental Resources Highlights

The scope of activities undertaken as part of the Fisheries Management Program during the fiscal year included:

  • Completion of the 2010 Lower Kings River Annual Trout and Non-Game Fish Population Survey (Issued: September 2011).
  • The incubation of 300,000 rainbow trout eggs between November and March. The fry were subsequently released into the river.
  • Repairing of one of the streamside incubators that was damaged during flood releases.
  • Planting of 120 native trees and shrubs approximately 1 mile downstream from Pine Flat Dam on the south bank of the Kings River.
  • Compilation and synthesis of information regarding habitat enhancements.
  • Trout population enhancements.
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    Financial Highlights

    The District's total assets decreased by $4.17 million, the net result of an increase in prepaid expenses and inventories of ($424,420), an increase in cash and accounts receivable ($392,997), an increase in accumulated depreciation (greater than the acquisition of capital assets) ($2.98 million), and a decrease in bond reserve accounts under restricted assets ($2.01 million).

    Liabilities decreased by $10.11 million due to a decrease in long-term debt of $9.44 million, the advance refunding of $1.175 million of Series "F" Revenue Bonds, an increase in payables of $1.73 million, a decrease in deferred revenue of $1.52 million, and recognition of the current year Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) obligation of $295,351.

    District revenues included $890,522 in property tax allocation and $2.7 million in revenue from grants. Electric generation revenue totaled $26.03 million from the Jeff L. Taylor Pine Flat Power Plant and the Malaga Peaking Plant.

    Total Program Revenues increased by $2.31 million. The Kings River watershed experienced above average precipitation that resulted in an 89 percent increase (from the prior year) in electricity generated at the Jeff L. Taylor Pine Flat Power Plant. Revenue from operating grants increased as the activities of the Proposition 13 and Proposition 50 grants continued.

    The financial statement summary has been taken from KRCD's Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2011 audited by Price Paige & Company. Complete copies of this report may be obtained by contacting the KRCD office.

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