The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is a Joint Powers Authority formed in December 2016 through adoption of a Joint Powers Agreement by the following public agencies: Fresno Irrigation District, the County of Fresno, the City of Fresno, the City of Clovis, the City of Kerman, Biola Community Services District, Garfield Water District, and International Water District. Following adoption, these founding members approved membership of Bakman Water Company and the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District through separate binding agreements.

The North Kings GSA’s jurisdiction includes a portion of the Kings Subbasin (DWR Bulletin 118, 5-22.08) that includes the service areas of member agencies consistent with requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. The roles and responsibilities of member agencies are discussed in the North Kings GSA Joint Powers Agreement (see link).

Agency Formation Documents

North Kings GSA Joint Powers Agreement (PDF)
North Kings GSA JPA Bylaws (PDF)
North Kings GSA JPA Resolution (PDF)

Key Links

North Kings GSA Formation Notification
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Kings Groundwater Information Portal

North Kings GSA Governance

The North Kings GSA, as described in its Joint Powers Agreement (Section 3.01), is governed by a seven member Board of Directors that include Members, Contracting Entities and Interested Parties. Directors are elected officials who have been appointed to serve on the Authority’s Board of Directors by their respective boards, councils or commissions, or are the authorized representative of a Member, Contracting Entity or Interested Party. To provide a balance of perspective, the Board is segmented across agricultural, city, county, small communities, Contracting Entities, and Interested Parties. It includes four seats held exclusively by the City of Clovis, City of Fresno, Fresno County and Fresno Irrigation District Board. Two seats are shared and one is appointed by the Board from municipal/industrial Members, Contracting Entities or Interested Parties not currently serving on the board. All terms are for a period of two years, with terms for the four exclusive seats starting with a three-year term.

NKGSA Board Seat Assignments

  1. Fresno Irrigation District
  2. Garfield Water District, International Water District, and Fresno Irrigation District
  3. Bakman Water Co., Biola Community Services District, City of Kerman, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
  4. City of Clovis
  5. City of Fresno
  6. County of Fresno
  7. At-Large

Board of Director Biographies

Seat 1 – Chairman Jerry Prieto, Jr., Fresno Irrigation District (exp – 2019)
Seat 6 – Vice-Chairman Brian Pacheco, County of Fresno  (exp – 2019)
Seat 2 – Director Karl Kienow, Garfield Water District (exp – 2020)
Seat 3 – Director Rhonda Armstrong, City of Kerman (exp – 2020)
Seat 4 – Director Jose Flores, City of Clovis (exp – 2019)
Seat 5 – Director Lee Brand, City of Fresno (exp – 2019)
Seat 7 – Director Steve Pickens, Bakman Water Company (exp – 2020)
Executive Officer – Kassy Chauhan

North Kings GSA Advisory Committee

For the development of the GSP, the Advisory Committee was supported by three ad-hoc committees. The Board approved dissolution of the ad-hoc committees during its meeting on February 27, 2020, given the GSP has been developed and submitted to DWR. Moving forward, the Advisory Committee will be supported by a series of workgroups established for specific purposes as determined by the Executive Officer. The Board wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated on various ad-hoc committees and to the following leads of the three ad-hoc committees:

Future Workgroups

Former committee members, member agency representatives, and members from the public are welcome and encouraged to participate in future workgroups. If you would like to get on the workgroup email distribution list, please email us at