Kaweah River Basin Integrated Regional
Water Management Planning Effort
The following are Strategies, or projects, the Kaweah River Basin IRWMP will use to reach its objectives:
--- Groundwater management and banking
--- Conjunctive use programs
--- Groundwater level monitoring and modeling programs
--- Water conservation programs
--- Water recycling
--- Water reliability enhancement
--- Water quality monitoring and studies
--- Land preservation
--- Surface storage projects
--- Wastewater treatment projects
--- Water conveyance facilities improvement
--- Water protection programs
--- Floodplain management
--- Floodwater capture
--- Drought planning
--- Habitat creation, protection and enhancement.
--- Water management programs; transfers, exchanges, importation
--- Land use planning
--- Groundwater Management:
Proceeding from the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation Districtís Groundwater Management Plan first established in 1995, and updated in 2006, and due to a historical groundwater overdraft, the Kaweah Basin IRWMP will continue to focus on groundwater management and projects that address the cause and impacts of the overdraft in the Plan area.
--- Water Supply:
Water supplies of the Kaweah Basin are continually under threat from issues such as water rights conflicts, the possible impacts of climate change, exportation, loss of flood flows, and water quality issues. The Kaweah Basin IRWMP will promulgate management activities and projects that sustain water supplies, improve water use efficiency and flexibility, and address known impacts to the Basin.
--- Water Quality:
In order to protect the water supplies of the Basin for their beneficial uses, the Kaweah Basin IRWMP has identified the need to support activities that maintain water quality, identify threats, and remediate water quality issues in the Basin.
--- Flood Control:
Flood threats still exist in the area with limited surface storage and uncontrolled creeks which present potential impacts to urban and agricultural interests. The Kaweah Basin IRWMP will endeavor to encourage the development of flood control projects that reduce and eliminate the impacts of flood flows to the Basin.
--- Ecosystem Restoration:
Where water issues impact, or can enhance, the protection or restoration of riparian, wetland, or upland habitats, and preserve or protect native land use in the Basin, the Kaweah Basin IRWMP will support such projects for their multiple benefit goals.
Kaweah River Basin IRWM Objectives
Kaweah River Basin Strategies
KDWCD's Paregien Basin Site showing the proposed improvements
The Kaweah River Basin Integrated Regional Water Management (KIRWM) group, established in 2007, is a collaborative effort to manage all aspects of water resources in the Kaweah River Basin Region. There are many agencies and stakeholders involved in the IRWM, including the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, County of Tulare, Exeter Irrigation District, Lakeside Irrigation District, Tulare Irrigation District and the cities of Visalia, Tulare, Lindsay and Farmersville. The Kaweah IRWM group meets monthly to evaluate how the water in the region can best be managed as well as discuss future projects for grant applications. Projects must conform to the groupís objectives, which include groundwater management, water supply, water quality, flood control, and ecosystem restoration.
The Kaweah IRWM group is in the process of updating their Integrated Regional Water Management Plan per the Department of Water Resources guidelines and look to have an approved plan in place within the next two years. While this Plan is still being written, this IRWM group has submitted an application for partial funding from a Prop 84 Planning Grant which would allow for each of the eight signatory participants as well as the non-signatory participants in the IRWM group to continue the monthly meetings that are currently in place. This effort is designed to provide funding which in turn would allow the participants to work through issues ranging from Governance to Climate Change. Without an approved Plan in place, projects such as the Paregien Basin Project shown below, would not receive the funding it needs in order to not only provide groundwater recharge, but also flood protection for the neighboring City of Farmersville.