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by Lois Henry
After months of fireworks over low-ball pumping numbers and concerns that some groundwater agencies wouldn’t get on board, Kern’s last Groundwater Sustainability Plan was approved Wednesday with barely a murmur. The Kern Groundwater Authority board of directors voted unanimously to adopt its final GSP with just two weeks to spare before the massive document is…
The federal government has OKed a 20-year extension of a water exchange program for one Central Valley water district that another district says will illegally foul its water. The Bureau of Reclamation billed the exchange program as a way to “optimize water supplies and reduce pumping impacts” by allowing a group of Westlands Water District…
by Lois Henry
A powerful water position changed hands unexpectedly Thursday when longtime Kern County Water Agency Board President Ted Page lost his post to fellow director Royce Fast. A typically routine annual election of officers took a dramatic turn as Page, visibly upset, opened the meeting, then stood and said he …”never intended to create a situation…
Reaction was hushed when Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District General Manager Eric Averett asked the small group of farmers Tuesday morning if any were interested in buying irrigation water at the previously unheard of price of $770 an acre foot. No papers rustled. Keyboards went silent. And none of the growers raised a hand. Such…
by Lois Henry
No action was reported following an hour-long closed session during a special meeting called to discuss the general manager position at the Kern County Water Agency. That means the vacant general manager position will remain vacant a while longer. The Agency has been without a general manager since Curtis Creel retired Dec. 7, 2019. This…
by Lois Henry
Mike Ming, owner of Ag Alliance Services, Inc., puts out a quarterly report looking at farmland valuations in Kern County. Following the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water access has become a key factor in land prices – and not in a good way. Key takeaways in Ming’s 3rd quarter report include:…
by Lois Henry
SJV Water CEO/Editor Lois Henry had a chance to talk water water water with KGET Ch. 17 Anchor Jim Scott on his show: Kern County In Depth. Also in attendance, Kern Delta Water Agency COO Steve Teglia and soon-to-retire Kern County Water Agency General Manager Curtis Creel. What was on everyone’s minds??? Click below to…
by Lois Henry
Those of us who’ve lived in the San Joaquin Valley all our lives are ridiculously excited by weather. And we had some today in Bakersfield. Other parts of the valley, not so much. Rain touched the San Joaquin Valley floor in Bakersfield on Wednesday, for the first time since Sept. 5, 2019 when a smattering…
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