Water districts bail on Kern’s largest groundwater agency; form their own group

May 5, 2022
by Lois Henry
Pipes lie next to a canal in preparation for construction of a large water recharge project in Kern County in this 2020 photo. CREDIT: Lois Henry
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Fractures have appeared within Kern County’s largest groundwater agency as pressure mounts for it to show the state how it plans to address the region’s massive groundwater deficit.

Four water entities recently notified the Kern Groundwater Authority they were pulling out of the 16-member group to write their own groundwater sustainability plan. That will add a sixth plan covering the Kern subbasin, which extends across the San Joaquin Valley portion of the county.

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