Kern River Status Update
Last week, the Department of Water Resources updated its B-120 forecast for the year. This updated forecast predicts that the April through July runoff for the Kern River will be around 57% of normal. This forecast is based on observed conditions through February 11 and assumes normal precipitation after that date. Every day that it doesn’t rain will cause the forecast to go down.
Due to increased Power Flow obligations the Stine Canal will start up today. It is expected to run into early March. Work is expected to begin on the Centennial Corridor Project in early April that will impact the operation of the Stine Canal. When the Stine Canal shuts down again it will remain off through April. District staff will do our best to keep growers informed. If you have any questions please call the District’s Dispatch Office at (661) 834-4653.