Water to be Pulled From Lake Ming For County Facilities

Kern County Soccer Park, Kern River Golf Course, Lake Ming, Hart Park and California Living Museum representatives will have to develop conservation plans to reduce the amount of water taken from Lake Ming this summer.

Chief Deputy County Counsel Alan Christensen told supervisors Tuesday the county can’t use Kern River water because Bakersfield won’t be able to meet its end of an irrigation agreement in August.

“There will be water in the river, however, their rights to that water will have ended, or their storage coming down from Lake Isabella will have ended, and that will be someone else’s water,” he said.

The lake holds about 700 acre feet. The county may have to use as much as 100 acre feet per month to keep the facilities northeast of Bakersfield operational.

– Anthony Pollreisz