Accusations continue to fly between two valley ag titans in water feud

May 18, 2022
by Lois Henry
Several canals feed into a floodwater containment cell in the old Tulare Lake bed in Kings County in this late April photo. Large farming entity, Sandridge Partners, has accused fellow large grower, J.G. Boswell Company, of filling the flood cell with groundwater for irrigation. The practice is a misuse of groundwater, according to Sandridge, as it subjects the water to extreme evaporation and contributes to the region's already significant subsidence. CREDIT: Lois Henry
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The ongoing water feud between two of Kings County’s biggest farming entities recently spilled into Kern County and up to Sacramento with allegations on both sides of misuse of water and other public resources.

In a May 12 letter, the Southwest Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency complains that the J.G. Boswell Company has been pumping and storing massive amounts of groundwater for irrigation in a shallow basin, subjecting it to extreme evaporation and contributing to

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