There’s a water fight brewing on the Kern River. The State Water Resources Control Board’s handling of the conflict will be telling for the future of California’s streams and rivers. If the water board takes seriously its duty to protect the public interest, this conflict could lead to better water management statewide. … As with several California rivers, every drop of water in the Kern River has been diverted since the mid-to-late 1800s, destroying the wetlands and draining the river.
-Written by Karrigan Bork, an acting professor of law and an associate director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis.