KDWD Newsletter August 29, 2023

Kern River Status Update

The District intends to continue running all canals. All growers are encouraged to utilize surface supplies while it is available.

As part of this historic year the District has and will continue to utilize District spreading facilities to capture surface water and replenish the local aquifer. Below is an aerial photo taken of our newest spreading project, the Old River Spreading Facility.

Growers are reminded that when they place an order for water they are expected to maintain that flow rate for the entire duration of their run. If adjustments need to be made in the middle of the run the grower is required to inform dispatch immediately. If a grower is caught throttling or shutting off without notice additional restrictions will be enacted.

Reminder, you may place your water order via email. Water orders must still be placed no later than 10:30 a.m., and twenty four (24) hours prior to the requested delivery or shutoff. Water orders can be sent to waterorder@kerndelta.org and a confirmation email will be sent once it has been received.

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 September 7
City of Bakersfield Water Resources Department
1000 Buena Vista Drive, Bakersfield CA 93311
Large Conference Room
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
Typically the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on Friday, September 1
Rosedale-Rio Bravo WSD
849 Allen Road, Bakersfield, Ca 93314
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: September 28
To Be Determined