Kern River Valley
- Basin Name
- Kern River Valley
- Basin Number
- SGMA Basin Priority
- Very Low
- Critically Overdrafted
- Hydrologic Region Name
- Tulare Lake
- Adjacent Basins
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Located in California’s Tulare Lake hydrologic region, the Kern River Valley is 74,000 acres in size and ranked medium priority under SGMA. The surrounding land is managed by a number of agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS), Kern County. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manage the Kern River’s dam. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife oversea endangered species.
2007: Tulare Lake Basin Hydrology and Hydrography: A Summary of the Movement of Water and Aquatic Species , U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / ECorp Consulting, Inc.
2018: Draft priority – medium. Draft status of the recent reprioritization from low to medium means that public comments have been submitted and are currently being reviewed by DWR staff. Because of the draft reprioritization, a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) has not been formed, therefore no information is available. The prioritization is expected to be finalized in November.
August 20, 2018 Comment from Kern County requisition reprioritization to low.
Declining groundwater level comment: 1) CASGEM/WDL/GWIDS: Longterm hydrographs show groundwater level decline. Source: DWR 2) Groundwater producers generally pump as much water as is needed to meet demands until water levels drop to a point of declining production. Source: https://www.co.kern.ca.us/planning/pdfs/eirs/krvsp/krvsp_deir_appE.pdf
2018 Final Basin Prioritization: Basin priority remains unchanged at very low.