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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Kern Groundwater

Kern groundwater tally not adding up

 •  by Lois Henry

San Joaquin Valley farms and towns have pumped the basin’s groundwater so furiously and for so long that parts of the valley are sinking, endangering roads and bridges and even breaking one of the main canals that brings in water to support local agriculture. Yet, here in Kern County, state-mandated water budgets presented by several…

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Water updates large and small

 •  by Lois Henry

What’s new in water? Oh, I thought you’d never ask. I’ve got some important tidbits for you. Oh don’t whine, this is the last water column by me you’ll have to slog through so COWGRRRL UP! The biggest, immediate water question right now is: Will they? Or won’t they? I’m talking about the California WaterFix and…

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Water Banking

Cowboy tactics not helping turn failed McAllister Ranch subdivision into Kern’s newest water bank

 •  by Lois Henry

Well, that didn’t take long. It’s been less than a month since Buena Vista Water Storage District bought the remaining 600 acres of the failed McAllister Ranch subdivision and it’s already butting heads with Bakersfield city officials. Like, major league butting. The city cited the water district last week for excavating several ditches on the…

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Water conspiracy or just poor optics?

 •  by Lois Henry

There’s a reason Matt Hurley wears so many hats, his critics say. And he does wear a lot of hats: General manager of Angiola Water District, Green Valley Water District and Deer Creek Storm Water District; chairman of the newly formed Tri-County Water Authority; and he’s a director on the Fresno Slough Water District and…

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