KDWD Newsletter August 3, 2021

Kern River Status Update

This is the third week in a row where monsoonal moisture has helped to keep the Kern River Three Day Mean above 100 CFS. This most recent system that came through over the weekend was the strongest so far. Unfortunately, at this time there are no more systems in the immediate forecast.

District staff continues to monitor the River flow on a daily basis in case the River begins to drop again. Since the Eastside has used up their allotment of State Water, if the River drops so low that there is not enough Eastside Entitlement to cover the loses in the canal that system would have to shut down.

Last week the June 2021 River flow numbers were finalized. June 2021 is officially the driest June on record, beating out the previous record set in 2015.

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.

To help visualize just how low the River is, the District is providing this graph, showing River flow starting in May to today, compared to what the River did in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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 August 5
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 August 5
No regular board meeting this month
Instead, there will only be a closed session meeting.
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: August 25
To Be Determined