Legal fight reopened over Kern River

 •  by Lois Henry
A dry Kern River at Allen Road February 2020 (top) and the same view in April 2019. Credit: Lois Henry

The Kern River can’t seem to stay out of California’s courtrooms — even in a pandemic.

The latest legal scuffle, which erupted last week, is a continuation of a nearly decade long battle by a Kern County ag water district to hold on to a portion of its main water supply.

On Friday, April 9, North Kern Water Storage District unsuccessfully sought to have a Ventura County court slap a temporary restraining order on the City of Bakersfield to force it to hold 20,000 acre feet of water in Lake Isabella to sell to the ag water district later on.

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