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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DroughtFederal System

Initial federal water allocations for valley ag are low at 15 and 20 percent

 •  by Lois Henry

An historically dry February forced the feds to keep initial water allocations to Central Valley Project contractors low in the first round of allocations announced Tuesday during a call with federal water contractors. The Bureau of Reclamation is looking at delivering 15 percent of contracted amounts to agricultural contractors, such as Westlands Water District, south…

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GroundwaterState SystemUncategorized

SoCal water managers want to know who – exactly – is sinking the California Aqueduct

 •  by Lois Henry

A state report released in December pinned blame for sinking along the California Aqueduct on excessive nearby groundwater pumping to irrigate vineyards and nut orchards. That was a pretty pointed finger, but not pointed enough for some committee directors in the large and powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. They wanted names. The issue…

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Water conference bad form

 •  by Lois Henry

It’s unclear why certain members of the media were kept out of a water policy conference on Tuesday, yet the entire event was broadcast on one particular television station’s website. Whatever water policy was discussed, it’s bad policy to invite members of the public (the media are members of the public), give out tickets and…

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ConservationDrinking WaterFederal SystemPersonalities

With Trump comes a lot of speculation

 •  by Lois Henry

Will President Donald Trump give his signatory flourish to the new controversial federal plan for operations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta when he visits Bakersfield on Wednesday? Will he announce full funding to fix the sagging Friant-Kern Canal? Or will he do a 180 and announce some entirely new policy on oil extraction or endangered…

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