The Kern River at Allen Road.

Kern County Superior Court Judge Gregory Pulskamp let the battalion of attorneys in court Wednesday know he was inclined to drop at least one cause of action in the ongoing lawsuit brought by several public interest groups against the city of ۴ý for dewatering the Kern River.

But he likely won’t dismiss one of the lawsuit’s key claims — that ۴ý has a duty to protect the river under the Public Trust Doctrine.

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 .

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