The heavily overgrown Kern River flood channel that heads north past Highway 46 and eventually meanders into the southern end of the Tulare Lake bed is filling with water.

But it’s not “floodwater” and it won’t make it into Tulare Lake, said Tim Ashlock, general manager of Buena Vista Water Storage District.

Lois Henry is the CEO and editor of SJV Water, a nonprofit, independent online news publication dedicated to covering water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. She can be reached at The website is