KDWD Newsletter May 25, 2021

Kern River Status Update

The District has issued it’s proration allocations for the summer of 2021. A copy of the proration letter that went out can be found on our website here.

At our Grower’s Meeting with water users on the Farmers, Stine, and Buena Vista service areas it was decided that those canal systems would begin operation around June 1. As always, growers are encouraged to coordinate with the Dispatch Office regarding prorations and water orders. They can be reached at (661) 834-4653.

The District office remodel project is now complete and staff has moved into the building.  However, due to COVID – 19 precautions, we ask that you limit in person visits to the office for the short-term. If you do visit the office masks are currently required.

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 2019-2020, the current period of 2020-2021, 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 3
To Be Determined
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on June 3
To Be Determined
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: May 26
Via Zoom – See website for log-in information