Kern River battles continue as ag districts accuse Bakersfield of pulling off a historic ‘water heist’
If anyone thought a recent court order mandating 40% of the Kern River’s flow remain in the river for fish was the end of the story, think again. Agricultural water districts are striking back. … at what they say is an historic water heist by the city of Bakersfield. On Tuesday, a coalition of ag districts filed a motion to stay and a motion for reconsideration of Kern County Superior Court Judge Gregory Pulskamp’s injunction and implementation order requiring water in the river. The group, including Kern Delta Water District, Kern County Water Agency and the North Kern, Buena Vista and Rosedale-Rio Bravo water storage districts contend, among other things, that the implementation order was rushed by … not affording them due process.