On Saturday, the Kern County Historical Society will offer its last program before the summer break.
Guest speaker John Austin will discuss “the history of flooding” for the event to be held at the Standard School Building at the Kern County Museum.
Austin worked for the National Park Service for 41 years, most recently at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. He graduated in geology, forestry and economics. While serving as natural resources program manager, he worked with park partners on regional and watershed planning.
He researched and wrote about the history of floods, droughts and water use in the Tulare Lake Basin for the publication “Floods and Droughts in Tulare Lake Basin 2nd Edition”, which was awarded a five-star rating on Amazon.
In the preface to his book, Austin wrote that the report began as an effort to understand the hydrologic cycles of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but it “morphed into something even more important. ” with invaluable information about the Lake Tulare Basin.
He wrote: “This distinct geographic area contains not only the southern Sierra Nevada with its twin national parks, but also major cities, a significant portion of the richest agricultural area in the United States, and the bed of this which was less than two centuries ago the largest freshwater lake in the western half of the contiguous United States.”
Kitty DeArmond, corresponding secretary of the Kern County Historical Society, said Austin was a frequent guest on KCHS programs and was “always an entertaining and informative speaker.”
The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.