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Valley rivers going dry

 •  by Lois Henry
A rope swing hangs over a dry Kern River in this 2020 file photo. And 2021 is even drier. CREDIT: Lois Henry

Southern San Joaquin Valley Rivers are running at near historic lows — again.

In fact, the Bakersfield City Council passed a resolution Wednesday officially declaring the Kern River as running at only 17% of normal, it’s second driest year since record keeping began in 1893.

The driest year on record was 2015, the worst year of the 2012-2016 drought.

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