About Us


The Tulare Irrigation District is a political subdivision of the State of California – an independent agency operating under the California Water Code. Our purpose is to obtain and deliver a surface water supply for the irrigation of farms in the District and for the recharge of the groundwater basin underlying the District. The District delivers surface water to approximately 230 farms. The exterior boundary encompasses an area of 77,000 acres (Including the City of Tulare which is not part of the District). District acreage is approximately 70,000 acres.

District Announcements

Helicopter to Make Low-Level Fight over Tulare Irrigation District

From the General Manager -

Tulare ID, like many other public agencies in the San Joaquin Valley, is anticipating the need to comply with the state’s new groundwater management law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  A plan ultimately needs to be developed to demonstrate, over time, that long-term overdraft and its associated adverse impacts can be arrested. 

One of the early challenges in complying with SGMA is collecting information about our sub-surface aquifer and its characteristics.  Knowing more about our groundwater system will greatly assist in determining SGMA compliance measures, to and including the implementation of new and innovative recharge methods to take better advantage of future wet years. 

We feel that better data will lead to better decisions, and a better SGMA compliance plan to be submitted to the state.  With regard to overdraft, subsidence, and other groundwater concerns, credible data sources will make our locally-developed plan stand the test of time. 

We have a unique opportunity to take advantage of research efforts at Stanford University to collect sub-surface data in the Tulare region. The resulting data may also be of use to local farmers and well drillers looking to situate new deep wells.  The data collection project, described in the news release link below, will be conducted at no cost to the District.

News Release - Helicopter to Make Low-Level Fight over Tulare Irrigation District

How the Helicopter System Works

The helicopter system sends an electromagnetic pulse, about the same strength as that emitted by a cell phone, which then travels into the subsurface and returns to be measured by instruments on the helicopter.  The return signal provides information about sand and clay in the subsurface.  The electromagnetic signal provides no health risk.


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McKay Point Reservoir

The Tulare Irrigation District, the Consolidated Peoples Ditch Company and the Visalia & Kaweah Water Company are joint owners (Owners) of the McKay Point property adjacent to the Kaweah and St. Johns Rivers in Tulare County, California.  The Owners propose to develop approximately 200 acres of the total McKay Point property on the north side of the divergence of the Kaweah and St. Johns Rivers into a surface water storage and regulation reservoir.  The Project is referred to as the McKay Point Reservoir.  

The Tulare Irrigation District as Lead Agency (per the California Environmental Quality act [CEQA]) has required that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be prepared for the McKay Point Reservoir Project.  The District is currently soliciting comments and concerns as outlined in the following Notice of Preparation (Click the link below):

Notice of Preparation

Due to the limits mandated by State law, comments must be received at the District office no later than 5:00 PM on February 27, 2014.  In addition, comments can be submitted at one of the scoping meetings that will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

       Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
       Woodlake Council Chambers
       350 N. Valencia Boulevard
       Woodlake, California 93286

       Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM
       Visalia Convention Center
       350 E. Acequia
       Visalia, California 93291

       Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM
       Tulare Irrigation District
       6826 Avenue 240
       Tulare, California 93274

For more information please visit www.mckaypoint.com