Gabriel Moraga, on January 5, discovers and names El Rio de los Santos Reyes, River of the Holy Kings.
Rancho Laguna de Tache land grant made by Mexico along lower Kings River.
California achieves statehood. All of Kings River is initially within Mariposa County.
Tulare County organized.
Poole’s Ferry (north of modern Reedley) in operation.
Whitmore’s Ferry established at Kingston.
Fresno County organized.
Smith’s Ferry established at modern Reedley.
First Kings River diversions, Centerville Bottoms.
Massive flood begins to form Cole Slough channel.
First Centerville Ditch developed.
First Kings River water claim filed.
Largest Kings River flood ever observed, completes Cole Slough formation.
Dutch John Cut (east of Laton) initially developed as small ditch.
Kings River first bridged at Kingston (west of modern Laton).
Fresno, Lemoore canals developed.
Gould Canal developed.
Zalda Canal developed near Riverdale; floodwaters later enlarged the canal into what became the Kings River’s North Fork.
Central Pacific Railroad establishes Fresno, bridges Kings River.
People’s Ditch, Grant Canal developed.
Last Chance Ditch developed.
Lone Tree Channel, Riverdale Ditch developed.
Centerville and Kingsburg Canal developed.
Tulare Lake fills and spills through Summit Lake and into Fresno Slough and
San Joaquin River for last time.
Liberty Canal, Liberty Millrace Ditch developed.
’76 (Alta), Fowler Switch canals developed.
Drought-year lawsuits assert riparian rights; Fresno Canal brush dam blown up.
Water users lose riparian cases.
Crescent Canal developed.
Wright Act authorizes formation of irrigation
Alta Irrigation District organized.
Stinson Canal organized.
Burrel Ditch developed.
Reed Ditch established.
Fresno Canal & Irrigation Company buys lower river riparian lands, water rights.
Original James Canal developed.
Kings County formed, named for river.
First Tulare Lake bed canals developed as lake recedes.
English financiers take over Fresno Canal Company, Laguna lands.
First water entitlement schedule covers low flows.
Fresno Canal Company’s I. Teilman administers river.
Tulare Lake empties for first time.
First practical agricultural pumping.
First surveys for Pine Flat Dam.
Island flume built across Cole Slough near Kingsburg.
Fresno Canal Company buys Consolidated Canal Company; effectively controls half of Kings River service area.
Major flood event.
James Bypass developed to avoid meandering Fresno Slough channel.
Movement begins to develop Pine Flat Dam.
Legislature passes Pine Flat-KRCD Act; district is not organized.
Stratford Irrigation District formed.
Tranquillity Irrigation District formed.
Charles Kaupke becomes interim watermaster.
Reclamation of Summit Lake area completed southwest of Riverdale.
Fresno, Laguna, James and Riverdale irrigation districts formed.
Consolidated Irrigation District formed.
Water users ask state to develop temporary water diversion schedule.
First trial water entitlement schedule.
Worst Kings River drought on record.
Unsuccessful attempt made to form Kings River Water Storage District.
Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District formed.
KRWA and permanent entitlement schedules established.
First Kings River power plant developed at Balch Camp.
Riparian rights subjected to reasonable beneficial uses.
Empire West Side Irrigation District formed.
First groundwater recharging by Consolidated Irrigation District.
KRWA proposes that CVP develop Pine Flat Dam.
Congress assigns flood control to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Major flood events in February, November.
KRWA campaigns for Corps, not USBRCVP, to build Pine Flat Dam.
Corps, USBR complete Pine Flat feasibility studies.
Kings Canyon National Park formed, excludes reservoir sites in Cedar Grove, Tehipite Valley.
Flood Control Act authorizes Pine Flat as Corps project.
President Truman orders USBR to negotiate Pine Flat contracts.
Ground broken on Pine Flat Dam.
New master Kings River agreement signed.
Pine Flat Dam construction under way.
Legislative bid to place Kings River in CVP.
KRWA launches effort to form Kings River Conservation District.
Last major uncontrolled Kings River flood event.
KRCD established, ratified by voters.
KRCD negotiates interim Pine Flat contracts.
First Pine Flat Reservoir water storage.
Pine Flat Dam completed.
Kings River weather modification program begins.
Record Kings River flood flow captured safely in Pine Flat Reservoir.
PG&E completes Wishon, Courtright lakes and new North Fork power plants.
KRCD assumes lower river channel, levee operation, maintenance.
Interior Department makes bid to impose Reclamation Law, acreage limitation on Kings River.
Permanent Pine Flat contracts, new master Kings River agreement signed.
KRWA-CDFG fishery agreement signed.
Cedar Grove, Tehipite Valley reservoir sites annexed to Kings Canyon National Park.
KRCD, KRWA move into new Jensen Avenue offices.
State Board grants Kings River water rights permits.
First segment of levee, channel improvements developed.
State Board declares Kings to be “fully appropriated.”
Huge snowpack prompts largest-ever Pine Flat releases into river, 17,000 c.f.s.
Kings River appears to prevail in Reclamation Law test case.
Energy crisis spurs interest by KRCD in new power, reservoir projects.
Preliminary Federal Power Commission permit given for Pine Flat Power Plant.
Back-to-back critical drought years.
KRCD, KRWA agree on Pine Flat Power Plant water use.
KRCD voters authorize Pine Flat Power Plant bonds.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds Reclamation Law imposition.
KRCD applies to FERC for Dinkey Creek Power Project.
Pine Flat Power Plant EIS completed.
Pine Flat Power Plant water rights permit granted by state board.
Pine Flat Power Plant construction begins.
Congress relieves Kings River of Reclamation Law compliance.
Pine Flat Power Plant completed, dedicated.
Rodgers Crossing Dam feasibility study begins.
Lack of power buyer halts Dinkey Creek Project.
Federal legislation halts Rodgers Crossing Project.
Worst extended sequential critical drought of record.
Public trust complaint filed on fishery issues.
KRCD, KRWA pursue long-term fishery solution.
KRCD begins active involvement in Corps environmental studies.
KRCD forms the first of three Groundwater Management Areas to aid in effort to improve groundwater resources. 1997: Record calculated flow, 112,000 c.f.s., on January 3; Pine Flat Dam prevents downstream flooding.
KRCD, KRWA join CDFG in establishing Kings River Fisheries Management Program.
Thorburn Spawning Channel constructed near Piedra as first Kings River Fisheries Management Program project.
Several Kings River fishery habitat improvement projects undertaken.
Energy crisis prompts KRCD to take new look at Dinkey Creek, Rodgers Crossing projects but both projects are ultimately placed back on the shelf.
KRCD begins study of public power ownership.
Corps study finds federal interest in Pine Flat multi-level intake structure.
KRWA, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California begin studies of possible joint floodwater utilization projects.
KRCD commemorates 50th anniversary.
KRCD begins studies on how to increase availability, reliability and affordability of electrical energy within the Valley.
Corps of Engineers constructs Turbine Bypass at Pine Flat Dam.
KRWA begins installing telemetry at key locations to aid in water management.
KRWA commemorates 75th anniversary.
KRWA and KRCD lead organization of Southern San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition.
KRCD reaches agreement with state DWR to construct two gas-fired “peaker” power generating plants.
Pine Flat Dam Turbine Bypass System is completed and dedicated.