Released On: September 27, 2012
The DWR will convey the water through the California Aqueduct for diversion by the Buena Vista Water Storage District. The District will continue the conveyance through their facilities for delivery to the boundary of the Kern NWR under a separate agreement with Reclamation.
This long-term agreement will ensure that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Kern NWR will meet their annual wildlife habitat management requirements by continuing to receive reliable water deliveries. These water supplies benefit a wide range of wildlife, supporting populations of migrating shorebirds and providing critical habitat for the advent of the first wintering waterfowl, northern pintails, which typically arrive in the San Joaquin Valley in mid-August. The water supplies will create sufficient flooded habitat to support approximately 100,000 ducks each winter, as well as high quality habitat in the spring for waterfowl and nesting colonial waterbirds such as the great blue heron and the white-faced ibis.
For additional information on the agreement, please contact Sonya Nechanicky, Bureau of Reclamation at 916-978-5559 (TTY 916-978-5608).
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