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.