After 100 years, local groups say it’s time for Edison to let loose of flows on the North Fork of the Kern River

June 3, 2022
by Lois Henry
The North Fork of the Kern River about 7 miles below Fairview Dam where Southern California Edison diverts the majority of the river's flow for power generation. CREDIT: Brett Duxbury
Lois Henry

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It’s been more than 100 years since a 16-mile stretch of the North Fork of the Kern River has run full and free in its natural course.

Local boaters, anglers and other river enthusiasts say that’s long enough.

To that end, a new campaign called “Free the Kern” opposes the relicensing application for a Southern California Edison hydroelectric facility that pulls water from the river at the Fairview Dam near McNally’s Lodge and

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