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Locals speak up for the Kern River at the State Water Board

 •  by Lois Henry
The Kern River looking east from Calloway Road in Bakersfield. PHOTO CREDIT: Lois Henry

Love was overflowing for the Kern River Tuesday at the State Water Resources Control Board’s monthly meeting.

A slew of Bakersfield locals told board members how much an actual, wet river means for residents.

Speakers asked board members to make the Kern a priority and finally allocate unappropriated water on the river that has been in limbo at the board for the past 10 years.

The Kern River wasn’t on Tuesday’s agenda, but residents used the public statement portion of the meeting to grab the board’s collective ear.

“This is a matter of social justice,” said Bakersfield teacher and writer Kelly Damian. “The Kern River through town is wide and easily accessible.”

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