Kern River water rights case gets hearing date

 •  by Lois Henry
Residents enjoy a stretch of the Kern River through Bakersfield that had water briefly in 2020. Typically, the river is dry through town. CREDIT: Lois Henry

Whether the Kern River truly has spare water and, if so, how much, has been left up in the air for more than a decade.

Now, 11 years after the State Water Resources Control Board ruled the Kern  River was not fully appropriated, it will finally start the process of getting at those two key questions: Is water available? How much?

A status conference hearing has been scheduled by the board’s Administrative Hearing Office for Aug. 17 at 9 a.m., the board announced on Monday.

That will kick off what is sure to be a long legal process just to determine availability and possible amounts of water.

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