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Rain and snow keep coming, yet why is it here in Kings County that the Kings River remains mostly dry?

California water law says the order in which river water rights are allocated are : #1 riparian, (the natural flow of the river to preserve its habitat and the properties along a rivers natural course). #2 pre 1914 appropriated, (water that was 1st diverted in time before the creation of the State Water Resources Control Board in 1914) and then the " Board licensed diversions and so on down. California water law is based on "1st in time, 1st in right.

WHY is the Kings River mostly dry while diversion canals are flowing North and East of us?

Is that water being lawfully diverted? Will these upstream Kings River water diversions impact the groundwater recharge and water quality of City residents and farms in the Hanford, Armona and Lemoore areas and the people living outside of the Cities water service areas?

Have the downstream riparian landowners been contacted and asked if they would like their rightful share of the water?

In particular runoff water entering the Kings River below Pine Flat Dam and the water released to create space for flood protection?

ARE these riparian rights that belong to those property owners and the critical natural habitat along the Kings River being misappropriated?

As the State Mandated Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is implemented shouldn't the priorities of California Water Law take priority?

Shouldn't Historic riparian river flows be maintained and legally the 1st water down the Kings River to naturally recharge the historic Kings River aquifers here in Kings County and then into our canals before our wells dry up or get shut off by California SGMA water regulations?

JIM VERBOON

LATON

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