The California Aqueduct weaves between golden foothills near Patterson California in this May 2019 photo. Credit: Lois Henry
A large wheel line irrigation system on Zerker Road north of Bakersfield sits beneath the remnants of a recent storm in this February 2019 photo. Credit: Lois Henry
Canada geese guard their island in a recharge pond that is part of the City of Bakersfield's "2800 Acres" groundwater bank along the Kern River in this April 24, 2019 photo. Credit: Lois Henry
The south fork of the Stanislaus River near Strawberry California is coated with snow in January 2019. Credit: Lois Henry
Boys dangle from a rope swing over a very full Kern River west of Allen Road in Bakersfield in April 2019. Credit: Lois Henry

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Groundwater plan managers not rattled by state’s initial negative reviews

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

Though the state’s first informal assessment of four San Joaquin Valley groundwater plans noted several — sometimes significant —  deficiencies in those plans, groundwater managers were confident they could bring the plans up to snuff. “I did not read it as a failure at all,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, director of water and natural resources for…

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Drinking Water

Utah’s Water Dilemma

 •  by Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water. The project was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation…

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Rivers

New Kern River coalition; Grassroots or astroturf?

 •  by Lois Henry

The main water district involved in several legal battles for Kern River water has launched a new coalition/messaging campaign it is calling Sustainable Kern River. Its website says the organization is a coalition and lists several members, but its creation and funding comes from North Kern Water Storage District, according to North Kern’s General Manager…

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DroughtFederal System

The Counter: How a federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched—and contributed to the ongoing groundwater crisis in the West

 •  by Jessica Fu, The Counter

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water. The project was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation…

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