KDWD Newsletter October 5, 2021

Kern River Status Update

Current national weather forecasters are expecting generally dry conditions to continue into the middle part of the winter. Due to the nature of the District’s River entitlements, a low River flow in December results in a shorter shut down period for the Kern Island Canal and it’s laterals. In order for the District to complete needed maintenance in a timely matter, the Central Canal will be shut down on October 17th and will stay offline until November 1st. This will reduce the amount of work that will need to be completed during the District’s normal December shut down as well as ensure that District facilities will be in good order going into 2022.

The KRWCA Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021 has been canceled.

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 October 7
Water Resources Department
1000 Buena Vista Road
Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority
First Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM
The next meeting will be on November 4
To Be Determined
Kern Groundwater Authority
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM
Next Meeting: October 27
To Be Determined