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Friant-Kern Canal fix approved over concerns the plan isn’t fully baked

 •  by Lois Henry

The Friant Water Authority on Thursday approved the final environmental review for a massive project to fix a 33-mile segment of the Friant-Kern Canal despite continued questions about funding and other concerns expressed by some Friant contractors. One water manager compared the plan to several bungled construction projects, including California’s High Speed Rail and a…

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Federal SystemGroundwaterRiversState System

Happy 50th “Kern Riversary!” 1970 vote brought river into public hands

 •  by Lois Henry

Fifty years ago this week, the Bakersfield City Council committed an audaciously historic act. On Monday evening Sept. 28, 1970, council members decided to sue Tenneco West for a slice of the Kern River. “The shock was great to many, but from that day forward we had their attention and cooperation,” states the “Kern River…

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Federal SystemFriant-Kern CanalGroundwater

20-mile replacement canal is preferred fix for the sagging Friant-Kern Canal

 •  by Lois Henry

A rapid-fire review of potential fixes to the Friant-Kern Canal favors building a replacement canal for 20 miles alongside the existing canal where land subsidence has caused it to sag, severely restricting water flow, according to final environmental documents released Friday. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not…

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Temperance Flat Dam on indefinite hold after report shows it doesn’t pencil out for water users

 •  by Lois Henry

An investment analysis that looked at how much it would cost water users to build and operate the proposed Temperance Flat Dam northeast of Fresno without government funding was finished earlier this year and quietly passed among water districts, which just as quietly asked the federal government to shelve work on the project. A small…

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