Water levels rising

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - While Kern County remains in drought, the signs of improvement are apparent all around us, especially at Lake Isabella.

The water levels there have improved so dramatically in the last month, it may trigger the release of more water into the Kern River in coming days. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to strengthen the dam.

At this point, they are not concerned that rising water levels in Isabella will pose a threat. The lake could take in another 100,000 acre feet of water before any large-scale releases to the Kern River would happen.

To keep the lake from exceeding its maximum pool level, the corps could order higher volume releases from the lake down the Kern River.

Yesterday, the State Water Resources Control Board opted to keep emergency drought restrictions in effect until at least spring.

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