KDWD Newsletter July 27, 2021

Kern River Status Update

For the second week in a row monsoonal moisture helped to keep the Kern River Three Day Mean above 100 CFS. However, unless there is a significant increase over the last few days of the month, it is likely that July 2021 will go down as the driest July on record.

District staff continues to monitor River flow on a daily basis in case the River begins to drop again. If it drops low enough, there may not be enough Eastside Entitlement to cover the losses in the canal. Under these conditions, the Eastside Canal would likely shut down.

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
Via Zoom
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