Survey says! We got a boatload of water coming soon

April 1, 2019
by Lois Henry
Lois Henry

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The numbers are in and they are good.

Amazing, actually.

The April 1 manual snowpack survey for the Kern River basin shows we are at an overall 215 percent of average, according to the Department of Water Resources. (See side box for particulars.)

The basin was at 49 percent of average last year and that was considered a banner year compared to 2015 when the snowpack was at 13 percent of average (the lowest in the river’s 124-year recorded history).

The only other river basin in California that comes close to the Kern’s overall average this year is the Owens River at 214 percent.

I don’t know why I feel like bragging about our watershed, but I do.

What’s it all mean to you?

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