Welcome to the
Kaweah Basin Water Quality Association

The Kaweah Basin Water Quality Association (KBWQA) is a non-profit organization, established to serve as the coordinator and third-party group under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) in the Kaweah Basin watershed portion of Tulare County.

News & Important Dates

Joint-Coalition Grower Education Workshops Scheduled for January 2017 - The KBWQA has partnered with the Tule Basin Water Quality Coalition and the Kings River Water Quality Coalition to hold grower education workshop sessions that will cover completion of the 2016 Farm Evaluation, the 2016 Nitrogen Management Plan Summary Report, and the 2017 Nitrogen Management Plan worksheet. Four identical sessions of the same workshop will be held over two days. You only need to attend one session. Attendance at one of these sessions will fulfill your annual grower education requirement.

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the SCE Energy Education Center in Tulare (4175 S. Laspina Street) - Session 1: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Session 2: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the SCE Energy Education Center in Tulare (4175 S. Laspina Street) - Session 1: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Session 2: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Nitrogen Management Plan Self-Certification Trainings - Two NMP Self-certification trainings have been scheduled for Tulare County growers who are members of the Kaweah, Kings, and Tule coalitions. KBWQA members can go to any of these training sessions and become NMP self-certified for all of their Central Valley irrigated farmland. If you wish to self-certify your NMP and did not obtain your certification in 2016, you must attend one of these training workshops and pass the test. Registration is required. Please register for one of the following trainings by clicking here.

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the SCE Energy Education Center
    (4175 South Laspina Street) in Tulare
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Exeter Veterans' Memorial Building
    (324 N. Kaweah Avenue) in Exeter
If you are unable to attend one of these two trainings, a list of other approved trainings scheduled in surrounding counties is available here: CURES Grower Trainings.

The KBWQA Annual Membership Meeting was held Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center. Agenda items included membership updates, board of directors update, financial update, best management practices for surface water, Farm Evaluations, Nitrogen Management Plans, Sediment & Erosion Control Plans, and other pertinent information regarding the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.

Reminder! Nitrogen Management Plans (PDF) were DUE March 1, 2016 for large farms (60 acres or larger) within high vulnerability areas. All farms that meet these criteria were notified in a mailer. The NMP worksheet must be certified and kept on-farm. A tutorial on how to complete the Nitrogen Management Plan is available online: NMP Training Tutorial

KBWQA Newsletter, Winter 2015 (PDF) - Includes: overview of 2014 membership, Water Board inspections and fines, 2015 membership assessment, Groundwater Quality Assessment Report, Sediment Discharge & Erosion Assessment Report, Surface Water Monitoring Program Update, Member-Required Reports, Farm Evaluations, Sediment & Erosion Control Plans, Nitrogen Management Plans, Jan. 20, 2015 Membership Meeting

Enrollment Deadline: The deadline to join directly to the KBWQA ended on August 6, 2014. Growers/landowners will now need to provide a Notice of Intent (NOI) directly to the Regional Water Quality Control Board, pay applicable administrative fees, complete a KBWQA membership application, and will be subject to higher fees per acre. For more instructions, please visit the Join the Association page.

Corn Field