Kern County judge approves injunction that limits Bakersfield’s use of Kern River water

A Kern County judge has approved a preliminary injunction, to limit the amount of water from the Kern River the city of Bakersfield can use.

The injunction will prevent the now-flowing Kern River from returning to the dry state it was in last year.

They are challenging the city’s diversion of the river to agricultural fields. The coalition’s attorney, Adam Keats, said the reason the judge approved the injunction, a law known as the Fish and Game Code 5937.

This law requires the owner or operator of a dam to keep water flowing to keep fish in good condition.” [Read More]