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Caring for Central California's Kings River, its users and environment is what the Kings River Water Association is all about. In the San Joaquin Valley, a land of little rain, the Kings River is life to one million acres of the world's most fertile farmland. Since 1927, KRWA and its 28-member San Joaquin Valley agencies have been stewards of this vital resource, serving a growing population and effectively working with others in search of an even better, brighter future. KRWA’s five-member staff is headed by the river’s sixth Watermaster, Steven R. Haugen, and carries out policy established by the Executive Committee.

All KRWA member agencies (or "units," as they are known) are public districts or canal companies with rights to provide Kings River water for beneficial irrigation use on nearly 20,000 San Joaquin Valley farms in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

KRWA oversees Kings River entitlements and deliveries, and protects water quality while enhancing the environment. KRWA, as the name implies, is a private association. It is one of two regional agencies that oversees the river. The other is the Kings River Conservation District (KRCD), a public agency that deals with flood control, power, on-farm water management and groundwater development. KRCD has no water entitlement or supply.


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