KDWD Newsletter April 25, 2023

Kern River Status Update

Starting at 11:59 PM on Wednesday night, the Army Corps of Engineers will be switching Isabella outflow structures due to issues with he KR1 Power Plant that will require a planned outage starting on Thursday. This outage could impact flows into the weekend, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

During this time, your service may be impacted, including a temporary shutdown of some turnouts. We understand the importance of uninterrupted service and will work diligently to minimize any disruptions during this time.

Please be aware that Kern Delta, City of Bakersfield, and Army Corps of Engineer staff are working around the clock to complete this required chage as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns about the planned outage, please do not hesitate to contact our Operations Department at (661) 834-4653.

The 2023 Water Year is turning out to be historic, with Lake Isabella receiving 19.02 inches of precipitation since October 1, 2022. The latest California Department of Water Resources (DWR) water supply forecast predicts 429% of normal April – July runoff on the Kern River, and a 75% allocation for State Water Project (SWP) supply.

The District does not anticipate prorations this year in the Kern Island service area, and we expect Utility and Transfer water to be available in the Eastside, Stine, Farmers, and Buena Vista service areas through August and possibly beyond.  All connected water users are encouraged to utilize surface supplies throughout the District.  Utility and Transfer Water for all District service areas during 2023 will be $24 an acre-foot.

However, please note that if individual canals or laterals reach their flow capacities throughout the season, it may be necessary to delay orders.  Our District staff will keep you informed of any changes in water supplies and we ask for your cooperation and patience during this process.

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 2021-2022, the current period of 2022-2023, as well as other two-year periods in which the second year was significantly above 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 4
City of Bakersfield Water Resources Department
1000 Buena Vista Drive, Bakersfield CA 93311
Large Conference Room
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on May 4
Rosedale-Rio Bravo WSD
849 Allen Road, Bakersfield, Ca 93314
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: April 26
Via Zoom. See agenda for log in information.