Kern River: Our fickle beauty reduced to a trickle

Bakersfield –

The once-surging Kern River has shriveled into a sad little foot-wide channel. No one at this juncture can say whether it will return anytime soon to the powerful, fast-moving waterway of mid-2017.

But don’t count on it.

This year’s Kern River flow was unusually wide, strong and dangerous. Dana Munn, the Kern River water master, chalks it up two main factors: the deep snowmelt from the mountains and heavy rainfalls in February and March.

And it just kept raining.

“We received 260 percent of rainfall during April and July. In previous years the total rainfall” wouldn’t equal that volume over the entire 12 months, Munn said.

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