KDWD Newsletter April 12, 2022

Kern River Status Update

Last week the Department of Water Resources issued their April 1 Bulletin 120 (B-120) forecast for the April through July of the Kern River. This forecast came in at 29% of average, confirming that this will be a critically dry year.

The District has issued it’s proration allocations for the summer of 2022. A copy of the proration letters that will be going out can be found on our website here.

In January, water applications for 2022 went out to all water users. Growers are required to review these applications to ensure the information we have on file is correct. These water applications are vital in preparing accurate grower prorations. A fillable form version of the cover page can be found on our website here (Simply complete, print, and include with your application). If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to our Operations Department at (661) 834-4653 and speak to Cindy. We ask that growers complete the applications and submit them as soon as possible.

The 2022 Kern County Water Summit will be held on May 19th from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Mechanic’s Bank Theatre. More information can be found on the Water Association of Kern County’s website located here.

To help visualize the current state of the River, the District is providing this graph that compares flow rates for the two-year periods of 2020-2021, the current period of 2021-2022, as well as other two-year periods in which the first year was below average for the Kern River. The flows for this year are estimates only and subject to revision.
Below is a list of upcoming meetings that may interest our growers. The information presented at these meetings may directly affect agricultural practices and costs.

Upcoming Meetings:

Kern River Groundwater Sustainability Agency
First Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM
The next meeting will be on May 5
To Be Determined
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on May 5
To Be Determined
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: April 27
To Be Determined