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March 24, 2017

Kings River Flood Water Available to Landowners in Alta Irrigation District

Dinuba, CA – Above normal precipitation and record snowfall within the Kings River watershed, prompted Alta Irrigation District to bring water into its system for groundwater recharge (in-channel and at existing basins).  In addition to recharge, Alta Irrigation District Board of Directors authorized staff to make Kings River flood water available to users on an, “as is” basis.  Flood water diverted by users, will not be scheduled or charged for water used during this period.  Since irrigation ditches within Alta Irrigation District have the potential to be inundated by uncontrolled run-off from rainfall events in the foothills to the east, diversion of flood water from the Kings River may be curtailed to free up capacity within ditches; flood control is the responsibility of the Counties of Fresno and Tulare, not Alta Irrigation District.  The Board of Directors will consider extending the period flood water is available, at the April 13th Board meeting.

Contact Person:  Javier Cavazos, (559) 591-4203