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No-nonsense Kern water leader dies at 67

 •  by Lois Henry
Dennis and Melanie Mullins on a tour of Tejon Ranch. Dennis Mullins died Nov. 6, 2019.

Dennis Mullins led the first attempt to measure Kern groundwater under new state law. 

For long-time local attorney Dennis Mullins, life was a banquet of knowledge and one of his greatest joys was filling himself up so he could help others.

He was well-known for his ability to pare down and communicate complex issues, often in memorable ways.

Most recently, Mullins, who served as chair of the Kern Groundwater Authority, didn’t mince words when water districts submitted data showing an unbelievably small local groundwater overdraft of only 84,000 acre feet a year.

“These kinds of phony numbers won’t work,” Mullins told members of the Authority at its September meeting.

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