People standing near a canal and large pump listening to a presentation about how the recharge and flood control project was constructed and funded.
ACWA Region 6 & 7 Tour & Water Forum, Oct. 12 & 13, 2023

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Region 6 & 7 Tour and Water Forum was held on October 12 and 13.ย  Harris Ranch in Coalinga served as the home base for the two-day event.ย  Day 1’s tour was attended by roughly 40 water professionals, and Day 2’s water forum drew more than 60 attendees.

Day 1 – KRCD’s General Manager David Merritt and Terranova Ranch VP/General Manager Don Cameron gave one of the field presentations and told the group about the McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture and Recharge Project constructed by an innovative public/private partnership and fueled by a $5 million State grant.

Day 2 – KRCD’s Chief Engineer/Director of Water Resources Charlotte Gallock joined a panel presentation called ‘2023: A Watershed Moment – Unraveling Regional Flooding Impacts and Recharge Efforts’ and shared KRCD’s experiences and takeaways from this year’s historic and record-breaking flood conditions. The StoryMap that Charlotte presented is available here: “Finding Resilience on the Kings River.”

A big thank you to ACWA’s dedicated staff and leadership, to the growers who took time out of their busy workdays to share information and educate attendees out in the field, the agency professionals who shared their experiences and knowledge during the Water Forum, and to all attendees who helped make the event a well-attended success.