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Kern County Water Officials in Search of Help with Drought

Posted on the 16 January 2014 by Jim Winburn @civicbeebuzz

0113_newswire_water_w100_res72 BAKERSFIELD – Forces across Kern County are working hard to help those impacted by the statewide drought.

Water officials say they are only receiving 5 percent of the water they are supposed to have access to. They pushing for easing of regulation to gain better access.

“We haven’t seen this little amount of water since the late ’70s,” said Jim Beck of the Kern County Water Agency. “Poor hydrology. It’s not raining or snowing in area we rely on. The other thing is increased environmental regulations that limit how much water we can move when it shows up.”

A small supply of water could have a big impact on Kern County’s lucrative farming industry. Grossing just over $6 billion a year, Kern County is the second biggest ag-producing county in the state, just behind Fresno County.

Full story by Anthony Bailey at bakersfieldnow.com.

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