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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State water contractors should “drill into” California’s response to new delta biological opinions

 •  by Lois Henry

A top federal water official warned members of a Central Valley water group that the state’s response to new guidelines for federally endangered fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would likely include alternatives “inconsistent with your interests.” Ernest Conant, director of the California Great Basin Region of the Bureau of Reclamation (until recently known as…

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Water is key factor in farmland values

 •  by Lois Henry

Mike Ming, owner of Ag Alliance Services, Inc., puts out a quarterly report looking at farmland valuations in Kern County. Following the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water access has become a key factor in land prices – and not in a good way. Key takeaways in Ming’s 3rd quarter report include:…

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Kern groundwater shortfall numbers closer to reality

 •  by Lois Henry

New numbers coming in from water districts to the Kern Groundwater Authority show a groundwater overdraft of 249,644 acre feet a year – and that’s a good thing. “At the last meeting, I admonished water managers to get serious about this, and I’m pleased to report that they have,” said Dennis Mullins, chair of the…

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