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Undercurrents of the Kern River’s flow are thick with intrigue, outrage

 •  by Lois Henry
The Mooney family celebrates Mother's Day with a picnic at the Kern River. "It's nice to have water in the river," said Carol Mooney, seated. Credit: Lois Henry

Water is flowing through the heart of Bakersfield in the Kern River and local water managers are shaking their heads in disbelief and frustration.

Except, that is, for Art Chianello.

Chianello is Bakersfield’s Water Resources Department director and the man behind the healthy flow currently being enjoyed by numerous residents as springtime temperatures heat up.

Residents can expect a wet river through the end of May but the rest of the summer is likely to be dry as this year’s meager snowpack dwindles.

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