A motion that challenged four claims made in a lawsuit against the city of ý over how it operates the Kern River got a half-and-half ruling from Kern County Superior Court Judge Gregory Pulskamp Monday evening.

However, the heart of the lawsuit — that ý breached its duties under the Public Trust Doctrine by dewatering the river through town — will remain intact.

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 lois.henry@sjvwater.org. The website is .

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