KDWD Newsletter July 20, 2021

Kern River Status Update

Monsoonal moisture brought a slight reprieve to the Kern River, bringing the Three Day Mean back above 100 CFS. While this puts River flow above where it was in July of 2014 it still has a long way to go to rule out setting a new record low for the month of July.

If the River drops back down to where it was last week, Eastside Entitlement would again be at a level that does not allow for Utility deliveries, based on losses in the Canal. Under these conditions, the Eastside Canal would likely shut down within a week once state allocations have been exhausted.

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 April 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
To Be Determined
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on August 5
To Be Determined
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: July 28
To Be Determined