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“Madness and arrogance” blamed for one lawsuit against desert groundwater agency

 •  by Lois Henry

Two lawsuits accusing the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority of ramming through a plan that ignores water rights and, according to one plaintiff, is intended to “destroy agriculture” were filed this week. At issue is a controversial $2,000-per-acre-foot fee approved by the authority last month that would be charged to certain groundwater users over a…

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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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TUNE IN! KGET Channel 17 in Bakersfield Saturday night Nov. 23 6 p.m.

 •  by Lois Henry

Well this was a quick turnaround! I was invited by KGET Ch. 17 anchor Jim Scott to talk about water on his Kern County In-Depth program. We talked SGMA with Kern Delta Water District’s new Executive Steve Teglia (formerly Asst. City Manager for Bakersfield) and then Jim interviewed retiring Kern County Water Agency General Manager…

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It may be raining now, but we need to live like it’s dry

 •  by Lois Henry

This is sooooo California. The same day the state Water Resources Control Board announced it would continue the state’s drought emergency, so much water had to be let out of Lake Oroville that it broke the spillway. Drought? Huh? OK, so those optics were a bit confusing. But Water Resources was absolutely right to keep…

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