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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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Bakersfield loses water case, gets $1.64 million pay day

 •  by Lois Henry

In the ever-twisting world of water, the City of Bakersfield lost a case to North Kern Water Storage District but ended up with a $1.64 million payout. Years ago, when Bakersfield bought rights to the Kern River from Tenneco West, it paid for the purchase through bonds. It repaid those bonds by entering a long-term…

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Rivers

The Kern River is back, at least for now

 •  by Lois Henry

Bakersfield, we have a river. Depending on Mother Nature, that could be for a long while or a little while. It just depends on whether the firehose known as the “atmospheric river” currently aimed at California from the Pacific points further to the north or further to the south. But the fascinating thing to me…

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Kern River at its lowest in 2,000 years

 •  by Lois Henry

A new study confirms that 2015 saw the Kern River run at its lowest level since Jesus walked the earth. “Although there have been longer droughts, the 2015 water year represents the driest in the last 2,015 years and the 2012–2015 drought represents the driest four-year period in the record,” the study states. The study,…

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