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Quest for water in the Kern River continues

 •  by Lois Henry
Bakersfield City Councilman Bob Smith and Jeff Flores, Chief of Staff to Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard, urge California State Water Resources Control Board members to grant Bakersfield unappropriated water on the Kern River at its Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 meeting. SCREENSHOTS from YouTube

The steady drumbeat of support to get more water flowing in the Kern River through Bakersfield continued Tuesday at the State Water Resources Control Board.

During the public comment portion of the meeting three speakers from Bakersfield and Kern County’s political realm urged board members to finally hear — and grant — a decade-old petition by the City of Bakersfield to appropriate water on the river to run through the heart of town.

“For too long, the Kern River has been a barren, unutilized resource left to desolate conditions,” said Jeff Flores, Chief of Staff for District 3 Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard. “A dry riverbed strewn with homeless camps and tumbleweeds serves no one well.”

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