Kern groundwater shortfall numbers closer to reality

 •  by Lois Henry
An egret spreads its wings in a North Kern Water Storage District recharge pond off of Zerker Road north of Bakersfield in this May 2019 photo. Credit: Lois Henry

New numbers coming in from water districts to the Kern Groundwater Authority show a groundwater overdraft of 249,644 acre feet a year – and that’s a good thing.

“At the last meeting, I admonished water managers to get serious about this, and I’m pleased to report that they have,” said Dennis Mullins, chair of the KGA during Wednesday’s meeting. He referred to the Sept. 25 meeting at which he said it was “obvious that some districts have created water with their paperwork” and that the state would not accept such “phony numbers.”

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