Friday, March 14, 2014

Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Kern Water Bank

In a pair of rulings last week a Sacramento Superior Court Judge struck a blow against the operation of the Kern Water Bank. It is the most significant decision to date concerning the environmental impact of the nation’s largest underground water banking system. The ruling by Judge Timothy Frawley comes after twenty years of lawsuits against the privately-owned water bank by environmental groups and fishing organizations. Another suit was filed by Kern County farmers whose wells have been negatively affected by the water bank’s operations. The ruling could impact how water is allocated and delivered throughout California. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.