Tag Archives: State Water Resources Control Board

This just in … Bryon Bethany Irrigation District pursues legal action to retain water rights for hundreds of local farmers, ranchers and families

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From the Byron Bethany Irrigation District: The Byron-­‐Bethany Irrigation District filed a lawsuit in Contra Costa County Superior Court today demanding that the “notice of curtailment” BBID received June 12, 2015 be rescinded immediately and seeks damages from the State for the devastating impacts of the State Water Resources Control Board’s order to cease diversions. The notice of curtailment, which […]

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This just in … Water curtailment update: Extended curtailments for Merced River, Upper San Joaquin; also City of San Francisco

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: With drought conditions continuing into the summer months, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) extended curtailments on the Merced River for senior water rights dating back to 1858; and all pre-1914 and post-1914 appropriative rights on the Upper San Joaquin River. The Upper San Joaquin River runs from upstream of […]

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This just in … State Water Board adopts emergency regulation to protect salmon and steelhead in Russian River tributaries

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: “The State Water Resources Control Board today approved an emergency regulation to provide a small amount of additional water in four tributaries of the Russian River to protect threatened fish. The regulation affects about 13,000 properties in the watersheds of Dutch Bill Creek, Green Valley Creek, Mark West Creek and Mill Creek. Water […]

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This just in … Urban Water Conservation Improves in April Ahead of June 25 Percent Conservation Mandate

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: With a mandatory average conservation rate of 25 percent beginning this month for all state residents, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced that Californians in cities and towns increased their water conservation to 13.5 percent in April. In addition, nearly 400 water suppliers responded to a first-ever enforcement report, indicating […]

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State Water Resources Control Board to discuss drought activities in the Bay-Delta on Wednesday

Rock removal from a barge in the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Contra Costa county to construct the 750-foot-wide rock barrier to help deter the tidal push of saltwater from San Francisco Bay into the central Delta. Photo taken on May 8, 2015.

The Temporary Urgency Change Petition, the emergency drought barrier, and water right curtailments to be discussed The activities of the State Water Resources Control Board in the Bay-Delta will be the focus of an informational workshop to be held on Wednesday beginning at 9am. The morning session will focus on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) filed by the DWR […]

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This just in … State Water Board Adopts 25 Percent Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: With emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. The Governor’s Executive Order required, for the first time in the state’s […]

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This just in … Curtailment Notices Sent to Junior Water Right Holders in San Joaquin Watershed; Notices for Scott River Water Rights Also Sent

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-right holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-right holders in the San Joaquin River watershed and on the Scott River are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 2: Water supply reliability and its challenges

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Panelists discuss water operations and supply, climate change, the regulatory environment, water conservation, and water supply economics Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges Workshop, held in […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Role of Reasonable Use in the Russian River Frost Protection Litigation

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A panel of lawyers discusses the appeals court ruling upholding the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to regulate diversions in the Russian River watershed by riparian water rights holders for the purposes of frost protection The Russian River is California’s second largest river, flowing 110 miles through the heart of Northern California’s wine country.  The river flows from the […]

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This just in … Executive Director of the State Water Board issues decision on TUCP for modifications to Bay Delta Standards

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The Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued an order modifying Bay Delta standards for the state and federal water projects. The order is quite lengthy and addresses issues on the Stanislaus River and New Melones Reservoir. My apologies, but I have to run out the door.  I will endeavor to delve into this order tonight […]

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