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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2019

Abundant Snowfall in High Sierras Results in Early Kings River Diversion for Alta Irrigation District

Dinuba, CA – Alta Irrigation District (District) Board of Directors, at a special board meeting held on March 6, authorized the general manager to start diverting Kings River water at any time based on projected run-off information provided by the Kings River watermaster and other water resources planning information. While this year will not have the same volume of run-off as 2017, the projected snow melt run-off is anticipated to be large enough for this year’s diversion to be in top 5 since completion of Pine Flat Dam – nearly a quarter million acre-feet of water was diverted in 2017. The initial “wet up” of the irrigation system focuses on conveying water in canals connected to basins (Nebraska, London Pond, Traver, Harder, and 4th Avenue). Additional canals will be brought online based on demand and amount of runoff entering canals from east side creeks. Since the District is in the process of staffing up for water run, users will not be charged for nor will there be any scheduling of water at this time. Any water present in the District’s ditches is available for users on an “as-is” basis. The District may curtail early diversion of Kings River water, at any time, to protect facilities from inundation by uncontrolled run-off generated from rainfall events occurring in the foothills to the east of the District; flood control is the responsibility of the Counties of Fresno and Tulare, not Alta Irrigation District. The Board of Directors will consider continuing with early Kings River diversion and setting a start date for water run at a March 14th Board meeting.

Contact Person: Stan Sasaki, (559) 591-0800