Bakersfield has been derelict toward the public on the Kern River, group alleges

“Several public interest groups have issued a direct challenge to Bakersfield over the Kern River alleging the city has not lived up to its responsibilities to address the public trust.

Water Audit California, an advocacy group based in Napa, sent a letter to the Bakersfield Water Resources Department July 27 demanding the city conduct a study of how its diversions from the river are impacting the public trust and determine ways to avoid those impacts.

The letter stated if the city didn’t authorize the study before September 15, Water Audit would sue.” [Read More]