California Farm Water Success Stories: Integrated Regional Water Management

Published: December 8, 2011
Author: Cristel Tufenkjian

State of California policy (SB1672) encourages local land- and water-use planning entities to work collaboratively within a region, to establish common water resource management goals and objectives, and to develop a regional planning framework that integrates land, water, and habitat projects called Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM). In response, a number of agencies and organizations in the Central San Joaquin Valley have been working together over the last several years to create a coalition of water agencies, cities, counties, and environmental interests in the Kings Basin to deal with the most pressing water issues in the region, namely groundwater depletion, water supply reliability, and water quality.

The Intergrated Regional Water Management: Kings Basin Water Authority case study, part of the California Farm Water Success Stories series, describes the creation of the Kings Basin Water Authority and its efforts to collaboratively manage shared groundwater resources.

Download the case study.
Download the Pacific Institute press release.

Dave Orth of Kings River Conservation District

Dave Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, describes integrated regional water management planning in his region.

In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.

Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.


– Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture
– State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency
– Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration
– Industry-Driven Standards for Water Efficiency
– Managing for Multiple Benefits
– Smart Irrigation Scheduling
– Groundwater Banking
– Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement
– Recycled Water and Agriculture
– Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use