KDWD Newsletter March 14, 2023

Kern River Status Update

The Kern Island, Eastside, Farmers, and Buena Vista canal systems are in operation in order to meet powerflow obligations. Any grower with demand should contact our Operations Department.

The Stine Canal will be shut down at Gosford road on March 17 and return to normal operation on April 14 in order to improve the canal section and install structures associated with the Old River recharge facility which is nearing completion.

Last week the Department of Water Resources released their March Bulletin B-120 forecast. This forecast predicts that the April through July runoff for the Kern River will be around 262% of normal. This forecast is based on observed conditions through the end of February.

In January water applications for 2023 went out to all water users. Growers are encouraged to review these applications to ensure the information we have on file is correct. A fillable form version of the cover page can be found on our website here (Simply complete, print, and include with your application). If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to our Operations Department at (661) 834-4653. We ask that growers complete the applications and submit them as soon as possible.

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 2021-2022, the current period of 2022-2023, as well as other two-year periods in which the second year was significantly 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 April 6
City of Bakersfield Water Resources Department
1000 Buena Vista Drive, Bakersfield CA 93311
Large Conference Room
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on April 6
Rosedale-Rio Bravo WSD
849 Allen Road, Bakersfield, Ca 93314
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: March 22
To Be Determined