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River Notes for Friday, July 30, 1999

Important information about River Notes.

Flows are back up on the Lower Kern! This morning at 9:00 the flow was around 1500 cfs. Hopefully it will stay up for the weekend. We'll see!

We've continued to work on and refine the operation of the database driven Used Boat Barn. Please email webmaster at sierrasouth.com with any comments, problems or suggestions. We haven't moved all the boats into the new barn yet, so if you're looking for a used boat, check the old Boat Barn too!.

Today's RiverPhoto is a shot from last year's end of summer sale. In case you haven't heard, the end of the summer sale has changed dates. It will be held for three days on September 4-6th during Labor Day weekend! Please make a note on your calendar! Find great deals on rafts, kayaks, paddling accessories, apparel and more!

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info.

NF Kern at Kernville Lake Isabella
Date & Time Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to Kern River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
30JUL1999 0900 4.51 210 1464 897 567 273638
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '99 WY '98
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN WashingtonPost Satellite Radar

The water we have this year vividly illustrate the inadequacy of the supplemental releases specified as part of the conditions for the new KR3 powerplant license. In a year like this year, during the prime boating period of April 16 - July 4 weekend, Edison would not be required to supplement flows for whitewater recreation unless the daily average full natural flow of the Kern exceeds 1400 cfs.

That means, if these license conditions were being enforced, there would have been NO supplemental whitewater releases from June 4 to July 4. Zero. It doesn't make sense. This is precisely when the supplemental water is needed.

Some of the best runs on the Upper Kern are in this section, including the Fairview Run, the only class III run on the Upper Kern other than the Powerhouse Run. Other outstanding Upper Kern runs affected by the diversion include Chamise Gorge, Salmon Creek, Ant Canyon, Thunder Run, and the Cable Run. (See KR3 Relicensing for more info.)

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

River Notes for Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Important information about River Notes.

The release to the Lower Kern (at Borel) continues to be about 1200 cfs, an excellent flow for the class IV Miracle Hot Springs to Democrat run. The Upper Kern is down to around 325-350 cfs. Depending on the type of boating you enjoy, your skill level and experience, there are a number of options for Low Water Kayaking on the Kern.

We've continued to work on and refine the operation of the database driven Used Boat Barn. Please email webmaster at sierrasouth.com with any comments, problems or suggestions. We haven't moved all the boats into the new barn yet, so if you're looking for a used boat, check the old Boat Barn too!.

Today's RiverPhoto is a shot from last year's end of summer sale. In case you haven't heard, the end of the summer sale has changed dates. It will be held for three days on September 4-6th during Labor Day weekend! Please make a note on your calendar! Find great deals on rafts, kayaks, paddling accessories, apparel and more!

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info.

NF Kern at Kernville Lake Isabella
Date & Time Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to Kern River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
21JUL1999 0700 4.98 342 1156 596 560 289944
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '99 WY '98
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN WashingtonPost Satellite Radar

The water we have this year vividly illustrate the inadequacy of the supplemental releases specified as part of the conditions for the new KR3 powerplant license. In a year like this year, during the prime boating period of April 16 - July 4 weekend, Edison would not be required to supplement flows for whitewater recreation unless the daily average full natural flow of the Kern exceeds 1400 cfs.

That means, if these license conditions were being enforced, there would have been NO supplemental whitewater releases from June 4 to July 4. Zero. It doesn't make sense. This is precisely when the supplemental water is needed.

Some of the best runs on the Upper Kern are in this section, including the Fairview Run, the only class III run on the Upper Kern other than the Powerhouse Run. Other outstanding Upper Kern runs affected by the diversion include Chamise Gorge, Salmon Creek, Ant Canyon, Thunder Run, and the Cable Run. (See KR3 Relicensing for more info.)

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

River Notes for Tuesday, July 6, 1999

Important information about River Notes.

Over the weekend, temps cooled from the 90 and 100 degree highs we've been seeing, into the eighties. The "cool" weather didn't last long; yesterday's high at the Kernville RAWS was 101 degrees. It's that time of year, and it's also the time that a chance of thunderstorms could creep into the forecast.

The release to the Lower Kern (at Borel) continues to be about 1300 cfs, an excellent flow for the class IV Miracle Hot Springs to Democrat run.

We've expanded and enhanced the Used Boat Barn. Now you can select the type of used boat for which you're looking, and there is more information provided about each boat. We haven't moved all the boats into the new barn yet, so if you're looking for a used boat, check the old Boat Barn too!.

In case you haven't heard, our end of the season sale has changed dates. It will be held for three days on September 4-6th during Labor Day weekend! Please make a note on your calendar! Find great deals on rafts, kayaks, paddling accessories, apparel and more!

Today's RiverPhoto is a side profile shot of Dagger's new playboat, the Vengeance. (Holly is smiling 'cause she had so much fun paddling it in the Park.) Here's a shot of Team D paddler Dustin Knapp in a Vengeance at the Kern Festival rodeo. Brother Brandon Knapp won the event in a Vengeance.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info.

NF Kern at Kernville Lake Isabella
Date & Time Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to Kern River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
06JUL1999 0800 5.34 505 1267 688 579 315623
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '99 WY '98
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN WashingtonPost Satellite Radar

The water we have this year vividly illustrate the inadequacy of the supplemental releases specified as part of the conditions for the new KR3 powerplant license. In a year like this year, during the prime boating period of April 16 - July 4 weekend, Edison would not be required to supplement flows for whitewater recreation unless the daily average full natural flow of the Kern exceeds 1400 cfs.

That means, if these license conditions were being enforced, there would have been NO supplemental whitewater releases from June 4 to July 4. Zero. It doesn't make sense. This is precisely when the supplemental water is needed.

Some of the best runs on the Upper Kern are in this section, including the Fairview Run, the only class III run on the Upper Kern other than the Powerhouse Run. Other outstanding Upper Kern runs affected by the diversion include Chamise Gorge, Salmon Creek, Ant Canyon, Thunder Run, and the Cable Run. (See KR3 Relicensing for more info.)

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

River Notes for Friday, July 2, 1999

Important information about River Notes.

Great weather for the 4th; pleasantly warm and breezy.

The current release to the Lower Kern is a little over 1300 cfs, an excellent flow for the class IV Miracle Hot Springs to Democrat run. It is also a good flow for the more challenging class IV and V runs below Democrat Dam.

The Upper Kern is averaging about 650 cfs. Class III-IV Limestone is fun at this level, and the class IV-V Forks is also good. You'll still have to crash through a reversal or two at Ewings rapid on the Powerhouse run, and this stretch will see a lot of activity.

If it were not for the the diversion of water for the KR3 powerplant at Fairview Dam an additional 16 miles of river would still be runnable. This includes the Fairview Run, Chamise Gorge, Salmon Creek, Ant Canyon, Thunder Run, and the Cable Run. (See KR3 Relicensing for more info.)

We can't wait! Our end of the season sale has changed dates. It will be held for three days on September 4-6th during Labor Day weekend! Please make a note on your calendar! Find great deals on rafts, kayaks, paddling accessories, apparel and more!

Today's RiverPhoto is a side profile shot of Dagger's new playboat, the Vengeance. (Holly is smiling 'cause she had so much fun paddling it in the Park.) Here's a shot of Team D paddler Dustin Knapp in a Vengeance at the Kern Festival rodeo. Brother Brandon Knapp won the event in a Vengeance.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info.

NF Kern at Kernville Lake Isabella
Date & Time Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to Kern River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
02JUL1999 0500 5.67 671 1337 762 575 322787
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '99 WY '98
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN WashingtonPost Satellite Radar

The water we have this year vividly illustrate the inadequacy of the supplemental releases specified as part of the conditions for the new KR3 powerplant license. In a year like this year, during the prime boating period of April 16 - July 4 weekend, Edison would not be required to supplement flows for whitewater recreation unless the daily average full natural flow of the Kern exceeds 1400 cfs.

That means, if these license conditions were being enforced, there would have been NO supplemental whitewater releases since June 4. Zero. It doesn't make sense. This is precisely when the supplemental water is needed.

Some of the best runs on the Upper Kern are in this section, including the Fairview Run, the only class III run on the Upper Kern other than the Powerhouse Run. Other outstanding Upper Kern runs affected by the diversion include Chamise Gorge, Salmon Creek, Ant Canyon, Thunder Run, and the Cable Run. (See KR3 Relicensing for more info.)

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.


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