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Groundwater Management

Groundwater remains the foundation for agriculture, business and life in the Kings River service area. Almost all water used for domestic, municipal and industrial purposes and portions of agricultural water is pumped from the underground aquifer, resulting in significant groundwater extractions.

KRCD is currently involved in a variety of cooperative efforts to preserve our valley's water resources. For many years KRCD has participated in recharge groups and monitoring of three SB 1938 groundwater management areas. In 2005, KRCD developed the Lower Kings Basin Groundwater Management Plan (SB 1938) which has guided groundwater monitoring of these management areas. As part of one of the reporting elements within the Lower Kings Basin Plan, KRCD has published semi-annual groundwater reports detailing groundwater conditions changes.

KRCD serves as the designated Monitoring Entity for the Kings and Tulare Lake groundwater subbasins under the California Statewide Groundwater Monitoring Program (CASGEM) and concurrently participates in, and assists with the administration of, groundwater sustainability agencies newly formed under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA). The new law requires high priority groundwater basins and subbasins to become sustainable by 2040.

For more information on SGMA implememation in the Kings River service area, please visit the Kings River Region Groundwater Info Portal.