Bring Back The Kern

Bring Back The Kern Hosts First Event In A Series Of "River Roundtables" To Show Community Paths To Restore A Flowing River

The Kern River isn’t the only river in California to be dried up by water diversions. Others have been dried up, but in many instances stakeholders on other rivers have found ways to restore flowing water to dry up rivers with long term win-win solutions. To demonstrate paths forward for these possible agreements, Bring Back the Kern is hosting a series of online panel discussions to allow our community to learn about success stories in getting water back into dead and dried up rivers.


The first session of the River Roundtable series will be focused on Putah Creek, a river about half the size of the Kern River in annual flows. Putah Creek flows eastward out of the coastal range through Solano and Yolo Counties and into the Sacramento River. In the late 80s, the combination of drought and excessive water diversions from the river dried up over 20 miles of riverbed. Over the next decade, stakeholders crafted the mutually beneficial Putah Creek Accord to protect agricultural and municipal water rights while also establishing minimum flows for the river, ensuring that even in drought years, the waterway will never dry up again.


Those in our community who remain skeptical that the Kern can ever be restored to perennial flows, look no further than Putah Creek. For those who are scared of changing the status quo on the Kern River to finally respect the needs of the river, Putah Creek demonstrates that agricultural and environmental interests can create an outcome celebrated by all.

Join via Zoom video conference at 5:15pm on Tuesday 3/29 to hear the following panelists share about the history of the Putah Creek dispute and how they created a lasting framework to both protect water rights and a flowing river:

  • Roland Sanford, General Manager of Solano County Water Agency

    Roland was instrumental in the formation of the agreement and is now responsible for its continued success. He has gone from being a skeptic to becoming a leading proponent of the Putah Creek Accord.

  • Joe Krovoza, former Chair of the Putah Creek Council and former Mayor of the City of Davis

    Joe was on the Putah Creek Council when it was formed and was closely involved in the fight to restore and protect Putah Creek from ever going dry again.

  • Karrigan Bork, UC Davis Professor of Law

    Karrigan is a leading scholar of the Public Trust Doctrine and Fish and Game Code 5937, two laws that were pivotal in restoring flows to Putah Creek.

Attendees can register for the free session at

The discussion will be moderated by local radio host Richard Beene. The session will be recorded.

For any inquiries about the River Roundtable series, please reach out to Tim McNeely at