Kern County judge considers injunction to halt Bakersfield’s water distribution amid environmental lawsuit

“A Kern County Superior Court judge is considering whether to issue an injunction that would prevent the city of Bakersfield from distributing water in the Kern River until the lawsuit is settled.

A hearing was held Friday morning on whether the court would approve a so-called ‘preliminary injunction.’

Six conservation groups, Bring Back the Kern, Kern River Parkway Foundation, Kern Audubon Society, Kern-Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club, Water Audit California, and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit back in December of 2022.

They claim the city’s diversion of the Kern River water to agricultural fields, is damaging wildlife and hurting nearby communities.” [Read More]