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Water Tour – Kern Water Bank and Kern River

November 29, 2017

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Kern Water Bank is filled to the brim with wonderful water from the recent rain and snow cycle. There are also a host of beautiful waterfowl on the bank that are rarely seen by the general public. Join the Water Association of Kern County for a bus tour of the Kern Water Bank and Kern River. We’ll learn the history and purpose of the bank and how it benefits Kern County. We’ll also make a stop up the Kern River to see the “first point of measurement,” where river flows are measured and monitored.

Tour Stops
Kern Water Bank
First point of measurement on the Kern River

Bring a camera and binoculars!

$25 – Box lunch included
Register online at here.
(Please wear closed toe, comfortable walking shoes)

Bus loads at 9:00 a.m. at the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Eye St. Park your vehicle in the parking structure across from the chamber. Bus will depart at 9:25 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m.

Sponsorship available for March 7, 2018 Kern County Water Summit

The March 7, 2018 Kern County Water Summit will be another spectacular day of discussions about water, policy, government, challenges and plans for California’s water future. Become a sponsor by downloading the forms below, for either sponsorship or to host an exhibit booth. Over 400 attended the 2017 summit and the 2018 event is expected to be even bigger. This year, a reception following the conference will allow attendees to walk among exhibit spaces while networking. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to reach a wide array of the business, banking, investment, government, ag and oil representatives.

Sponsorship and exhibitor information.sponsor form 2018

Water Tour April 28 – Register here

Thanks to an abundant snow and rainy season, Kern County is brimming with water. You can see evidence of this bounty in the Kern River, canals, ponds and water banks. Have you wondered where the water is coming from, where it’s going and where it will be used?

Join the Water Association of Kern County for a bus tour of local water projects, the Kern River and banking facilities to learn how they are operating in this wet year. Get a behind-the-scenes look at water management and see how Kern County benefits from this most welcome precipitation.


First Point of Measurement on the Kern River
Four Weirs
Water Hub – “The Spaghetti Bowl” – at Coffee Road and Truxtun Extension
Kern Water Bank

$15 box lunch
Register here
(Please wear closed toe, comfortable walking shoes)

Tour begins at 9 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, 21st & R St. in Bakersfield. Park your vehicle there. Bus will depart at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 4 p.m.

Water Summit Presentations

Here are the presentations from the Kern County Water Summit.

Curtis Creel – Kern County Water Agency

Jason Meadors – City of Bakersfield

Jason Pucheu-Maricopa Orchards

Jenifer Pitcher-Western States Petroleum Association

John Austin-Author

Nick Ortiz-Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Richard Chapman-Kern Economic Development Corp.

Susan Cordone-Cal Water Service

Tricia Wathen-State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

Kern County Water Summit draws big crowd

A crowd of almost 400 gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel on March1 for the first Kern County Water Summit. The Water Association of Kern County would like to thank the sponsors, speakers, attendees, volunteers and committee members who so generously contributed to the event. Photos coming soon.

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