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Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District

Don Mills - President

Mark Watte - Vice President

Ron Clark

Stan Gomes

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Jeff Ritchie

Mike Shannon

Brian Watte
Victor Hernandez, River Operations Supervisor
The Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District (KDWCD) was formed in 1927, under the provisions of California state law known as the Water Conservation Act of 1927, for the purpose of conserving and storing waters of the Kaweah River and for conserving and protecting the underground waters of the Kaweah Delta. Later the Water Conservation Act, as well as the purpose of the District, was expanded to include power generation and distribution.
The District is located in the south central portion of the San Joaquin Valley and lies in portions of both Tulare and Kings Counties. The total area of the District is about 340,000 acres with approximately 255,000 acres located in the western portion of Tulare County and the balance, or 85,000 acres, in the northeastern portion of the Kings County.
The Districts lands are primarily agricultural in nature, although the cities of Visalia and Tulare constitute significant areas of urbanization. Farmersville is the other incorporated area. The population of the District is currently estimated to be in excess of 175,000 people with the principle crops being cotton, misc field crops, deciduous fruit and nut trees as well as alfalfa.
Numerous public and private entities within the Districtís boundaries divert water from the Kaweah River and its distributaries. Nearly all of the lands served with Kaweah River water also are served irrigation water from groundwater, primarily due to the erratic and relatively undependable nature of flow on the Kaweah River. All municipal and industrial water uses within the District are supplied from groundwater.

KDWCD and Tulare Irrigation District (TID), which lies entirely within the boundaries of the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, has a long-term contract with the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) for water from the Friant Division of the CVP. TID has historically received substantial quantities of CVP water surplus to the demands of the District which augment the Kaweah River supply.
The District and the Kaweah River groundwater basin have experienced long-term groundwater overdraft estimated in 2007 to be as much as 40,000 acre-feet per year. The District has performed multiple studies of groundwater data to determine the extent and volume of groundwater overdraft within its boundaries. There are currently over 40 recharge basins within the District covering approximately 5,000 acres. While KDWCD owns and operates many of these groundwater recharge basins, it does not provide water banking services for others.
KDWCD Management Team
Terry Stafford, Facilities Manager
Debbie Vierra, Administrative - H/R Manager
Mark Larsen, General Manager
Larry Dotson, Senior Engineer
Shane Smith, Projects/Administrative Manager
Don Mills - President

Chris Tantau - Vice-President

Ron Clark

Stan Gomes
Shawn Criswell, Field Operations Supervisor
Kaweah IRWMP
Tony Ramos, Facilities Technical Lead
The annual compensation of the Districtís directors, officers and employees may be found at: