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Kern’s groundwater agreement is just cover for the “pump club”

 •  by Lois Henry
The Kern Groundwater Authority meeting on Wednedsay (Dec. 18, 2019) was standing room only.

A coordination agreement approved Wednesday by the Kern Groundwater Authority is just cover for continued overpumping, according to the Buena Vista Groundwater Sustainability Agency, which has refused to sign on to the document for a five-year term.

It’s unclear if that refusal may put the entire Kern subbasin into probationary status under the state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Probation comes with serious consequences, including a pumping plan imposed by the state and fees of $300 per well and $40 per acre foot pumped.

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