The Kern River at Allen Road Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Required flows down the Kern River channel were lowered by the city of ý on Monday as officials have collected more data on how much water is actually needed for the river to get west of town, according to an email from the city Water Resources Department.

The move is part of a larger effort to re-water the river through town per an ongoing lawsuit against ý by several public interest groups.

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