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Lawsuit aims to save desert ag

 •  by Lois Henry
The Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County is considered in critical overdraft. Courtesy Department of Water Resources

Water managers trying to bring groundwater into balance in the severely overdrafted Indian Wells Valley basin near Ridgecrest laid out a draft plan last month that would essentially mean the end of large-scale agriculture in that desert region.Mojave Pistachios Complaint

“We are giving options to (ag) pumpers so they understand they have a limited future here and can make the best decisions for their businesses,” said Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason who represents the area and sits on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board.

Last week, several ag companies fired back with a lawsuit.

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