Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund Announces $80,000 Grant
May 21, 2015

The Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund, an initiative of Kern Community Foundation, today announced approval of up to $80,000 for Kernville Hatchery improvements. The improvements are part of the ongoing efforts to upgrade the Kernville Hatchery in anticipation of gathering wild brood stock of Kern River Rainbow trout to stock the Kern River as a part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wild Trout Program.

The Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund has granted almost $700,000 for improvements to the Hatchery, such as wells for a clean and reliable water source, fisheries conservation, habitat improvement, and genetic studies to identify and conserve stocks of Kern River Rainbow in the Upper Kern. These efforts have been matched by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with improvements to reduce access by avian predators, resealing holding tanks, and improving water distributions systems.

The Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund was set up as endowment with an initial gift of $2.5 million from Southern California Edison, as a part of the conditions for the renewal of the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the KR3 Hydroelectric Power Plant at Kernville. The Fund generates approximately $120,000 each year that is used for enhancing fisheries in the Upper Kern River Basin and, in particular, for conservation and improvement of the Kern River Rainbow Trout. The Fund is administered by representatives of Southern California Edison, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, USDA Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fund is held and managed by Kern Community Foundation.

Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise created by and for the people of Kern County. Its mission is powerfully simple – the Foundation is growing community and growing philanthropy. The Foundation is in business to help local donors to organize and carry out their philanthropy, generating charitable capital that makes Kern County a better place to live, to work and to visit. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 120 charitable funds with assets of approximately $19 million, and has awarded more than $13 million in grants to improve Kern County’s quality of life.

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