California: Enhancing Drought Management with Groundwater Storage

Persistent drought in Kern County has impacted agriculture and fishing, affecting recreational activities and putting the community at risk during fire season. 

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Kern County: $39.5 Million

This is a Justice40 project.


Kern County is California’s third-largest county by area and has a population of over 909,000 people who have been impacted by repetitive years of drought. The county is an agricultural hub whose population, as of the 2020 U.S. Census, is over 50% Hispanic.

Project Description

This project will add storage for 30,000 acre-feet of potable water in a naturally occurring aquifer located below ground and will add production wells for water extraction during droughts. This project combines flood diversion and storage with aquifer storage and recovery to combat climate change, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, support disadvantaged communities, restore an over-drafted aquifer and improve local habitats. This is a nature-based solution as defined by FEMA in the BRIC Nature-Based Solutions Guide 2021. 

Last updated August 19, 2022