KDWD Newsletter April 4, 2023

Kern River Status Update

The latest California Department of Water Resources (DWR) water supply forecast model is predicting a 422% April – July water year on the Kern River. Last month DWR increased the State Water Project allocation from 35% to 75%.

In light of this potentially historic year, as well as from a groundwater management perspective, the District strongly encourages all growers to utilize surface deliveries over the coming weeks and months. This will assist in the recovery of groundwater levels throughout the District this year. It is also important that as a District we do our best to keep storage in Lake Isabella to a minimum to make room for the coming snow melt.

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 April 6
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 April 6
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
To Be Determined