August 24, 2021
Kern River Status Update
Official River Inflow numbers for July 2021 came in yesterday. While July 2021 did not set a record low flow for the month, it was only 214 acre feet above the current record low July set in 2014 with 7,016 acre feet. With these final numbers, 2021 is officially the second driest season with an April through July Runoff of 15% of average.
Due to these historically low River flows, instead of the previously issued Kern Island Canal proration, the District has instituted a waiting list. Surface water will be made available to District growers proportionately on a daily basis. District staff will continue to monitor the situation daily to best manage the water supplies we have.
The Kern Groundwater Authority meeting for August has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for September 22.