Wednesday November 15, 2023

SJV Water

A judge’s order signed Tuesday ensures there will be at least some water flowing in the Kern River through Bakersfield in perpetuity. Unless, of course, it’s overturned.

Kern County Superior Court Judge Gregory Pulskamp signed an order that requires 40% of the Kern River’s flow to remain in the river to keep fish populations healthy.

This order is the implementation of an injunction granted by Pulskamp October 30 mandating that some amount of water must flow through the river for fish populations.

Pulskamp instructed the City of Bakersfield and plaintiffs to work out how much water should be kept in the river for fish, which is what Tuesday’s implementation order lays out.

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