KDWD Newsletter August 4, 2020

Kern River Status Update

As the District’s Kern River entitlements and storage begin to run out, the District will be shutting down canals over the coming weeks. The Farmers Canal is expected to shut down in the next week or two. The Eastside Canal will continue to run through much of August. Growers are encouraged to contact the Dispatch office at (661) 834-4653 for their proration balances.

The August 6 Kern River Groundwater Sustainability Agency meeting has been canceled.

The District office is undergoing an extensive remodel and addition project that is expected to last through December. Currently, access to the main District office building and parking lot is restricted, however customers may use Ramos Avenue for public parking and to visit the temporary office during this time. Our water delivery capabilities will not be diminished during the project. However, we ask that in-person visits be kept to a minimum and encourage our customers to do as much business as possible over the phone. If customers must come to the District Office, they are asked to wear a mask.

Demolition began this week on parts of the building.

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 2017-2018, 2018-2019, the current period of 2019-2020, as well as other two-year periods in which the first year was 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 3
City Hall North Conference Room A
1600 Truxtun Ave
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on August 6
Will be held via video conference
See KRWCA website for link
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: August 26
To Be Determined