VIDEO: The Kern River’s work starts long before it hits Bakersfield

September 29, 2022
by Lois Henry
Kern River Watermaster Mark Mulkay stands in front of the Isabella Dam in this April 2022 photo. Lois Henry / SJV Water
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In our continuing series, we head upstream with Kern River Watermaster Mark Mulkay for a quick look at how some of the structures and obligations on the river above the San Joaquin Valley influence “the law of the river.”


  • The lower river – once the river hits the valley, it’s spliced and diced through a hydra of canals.
  • State hearings – river history and operations are being scrutinized by the State Water Resources Control Board to determine if there’s any “loose water” available

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