Kern River Status Update
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our nation, Kern Delta Water District remains committed to providing service while supporting the health and safety of our customers and employees alike. We are closely monitoring the changing coronavirus situation and are taking appropriate steps to limit impacts to our employees, customers, and operations. If you need to contact the District for any reason please see this notice that went out last week.
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 44% of normal. This forecast is based on observed conditions through March 24 and assumes normal precipitation after that date. Every day that it doesn’t rain will cause the forecast to go down.
The April 2nd Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020. The March Kern Groundwater Authority and the April Kern River Groundwater Sustainability Agency meetings have been canceled.
Work related to the Centennial Corridor Project that will impact the operation of the Stine Canal is expected to begin in late April. The Stine Canal will remain off through May. 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.