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Lack of groundwater coordination could land Kern in “probation”

 •  by Lois Henry
A young almond orchard on Highway 46 just west of Wasco in the Semitropic Water Storage Districts, Dec. 15, 2019. Credit: Lois Henry

In what appears to be a game of water chicken, at least one Kern County groundwater sustainability agency is refusing to sign a crucial document required to keep the entire subbasin out of state control.

Buena Vista GSA General Manager Tim Ashlock said Monday that his agency won’t sign a five-year “coordination agreement” with Kern’s other GSAs. The draft agreement is set to be considered for adoption at Wednesday’s Kern Groundwater Authority meeting.

“We are only willing to sign a one-year agreement,” Ashlock said. 

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