KDWD Newsletter May 18, 2022

Kern River Status Update

Last week the Department of Water Resources updated their April Bulletin 120 (B-120 Update) forecast for the April through July runoff of the Kern River. This forecast came in at 20% to 23% of average, confirming that this will be a critically dry year.

The District has re-issued it’s proration allocations for the summer of 2022 due to this updated forecast. A copy of the revised proration letter can be found on our website here.

Growers are now able to place their water orders via email. Water orders must still be placed no later than 10:30 a.m., and twenty four (24) hours prior to the requested delivery or shutoff. Water orders can be sent to waterorder@kerndelta.org and a confirmation email will be sent once it has been received.

The 2022 Kern County Water Summit will be held on May 19th from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Mechanic’s Bank Theatre. More information can be found on the Water Association of Kern County’s website located here.

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 2020-2021, the current period of 2021-2022, as well as other two-year periods in which the first year was below 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 June 2
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 June 2
To Be Determined
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: June 22
To Be Determined