Yes, the water level has dropped. We (the county) are pumping (six pumps) basically 24 hours a day. Throughout the year, water comes in from various sources and is sent out of the lake for agricultural uses. During the summer, usually in August, the water level drops due to the water going out and the hot weather (evaporation losses) and we receive complaints as more water goes out than comes into the lake. We expect to see the lake come back up as the weather cools from the extreme heat we have had in the last month. We have signage at the front gate that we put up each year as the water level drops indicating the low water level and to use caution.
Bob Lerude, director of the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department