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Do Man-Made Residential Lakes Make Sense In A Drought?

Mar 4, 2014

These man-made lakes south of Bakersfield, near the communities of Arvin and Lamont have some Kern County residents and water managers asking questions about the use of water during a drought.
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California’s drought has communities up and down the valley looking conserve water. The City of Orange Cove has already banned outdoor watering this year, and later tonight the Lemoore City Council will hold a meeting to discuss ways the city can get residents to reduce their water use by as much as 25 percent.

The drought also has sparked a lot of questions about how we use water, including one from a reader of the Bakersfield Californian. It sent reporter Steven Mayer on a quest to dig into the often overlooked collection of long, narrow, man-made lakes which dot the landscape  southeast of Bakersfield. 

In an article in Monday's paper Mayer digs into the history of these lakes, who lives there, and where they get their water. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about what he discovered, and about why some local water officials have raised questions about future lakefront developments.