Tag Archive: water rights

Oct 07 2014

Retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson gives his last report to the Delta Protection Commission

On September 25th, the Delta Protection Commission met in Discovery Bay.  On the agenda, an update from retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and the Commission’s consideration of taking a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  This is the first of two-part coverage from the meeting and covers the presentation by the Delta Watermaster.  Part …

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Sep 11 2014

State Water Board looking for recommendations on improving the enforcement of water rights during drought conditions

Do you have ideas on how the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) could more effectively divvy up the water in these dry years?  Then State Water Board staff wants to hear from you. With the possibility that this exceptionally dry year could quite possibly turn into another, the emergency resolution adopted by …

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Sep 08 2014

State Water Board sets workshop to discuss central and southern Delta water availability and use

In response to recent allegations of unlawful diversions of water in the central and southern Delta, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has scheduled a workshop for Wednesday, September 24 to discuss central and southern Delta water availability and use, as well as the process the State Water Board should use to …

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Aug 19 2014

This just in … Study says California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has

From U.C. Davis: “California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported. The scientists said California’s water-rights regulator, the State Water Resources Control Board, needs a systematic overhaul of policies and …

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Aug 18 2014

This just in … California Sportfishing Protection Alliance files complaint against DWR and USBR for illegal diversion of water; also files petition for adjudication of Central Valley waters

From the California Sporfishing Protection Alliance, this press release: The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water for which they have …

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Aug 08 2014

Westlands Water District writes State Water Board, alleges water meant for Westlands farmers is being unlawfully diverted in south & central Delta

Westlands Water District alleges water being acquired through transfers and exchange agreements is being unlawfully diverted by south and/or central Delta diverters, General Manager Thomas Birmingham alleges in a letter written to Barbara Evoy, Deputy Director of the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board. In the letter, Birmingham alleges that …

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Jul 29 2014

Metropolitan’s Bay-Delta Committee hears on update on the State Water Board’s actions in the Delta … are illegal diversions occurring?

At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, attorney Becky Sheehan updated committee members on the State Water Resources Control Board’s activities as they relate to the Bay Delta. She began with a little history, noting that this extremely dry year was preceded by two very dry years.  Earlier …

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Jul 02 2014

This just in … State Water Board approves emergency regulation to assure compliance with water rights curtailment orders

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Wednesday approved an emergency regulation to assure compliance with curtailment orders issued to protect senior water rights throughout the state. The new regulation will require junior water right holders to immediately stop taking water upon …

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May 30 2014

This just in … State Water Board extends curtailments to all post-1914 water right holders in the San Joaquin River watershed and South Delta; warns senior water rights holders they could be next

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

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May 28 2014

This just in … State Water Board Notifies Junior Water-Right Holders of Necessary Cutbacks in the Sacramento River Watershed

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-rights holders in the Sacramento River watershed would receive curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the …

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Apr 21 2014

This just in … New webpage from the State Water Board details potential for curtailment of water rights by watershed

From the State Water Board: “The State Water Board has updated its Drought Website to include information about the potential for curtailment of water rights in specific watersheds.  The information should help those using these water sources to more accurately forecast this year’s supply. The curtailment analyses shown on the website graph projected water supplies …

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Nov 15 2013

This just in … Court invalidates State Water Resources Control Board’s annual water right fees

From Somach Simmons & Dunn: “On November 12, 2013, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a Final Statement of Decision invalidating the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) annual water right fee regulations adopted in 2003-2004. This case is on remand from the California Supreme Court in California Farm Bureau Federation v. State Water Resources Control …

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Sep 24 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 2: The Delta Regional Monitoring Program, Water Diversion Reporting, IRWM and Flood Futures Report

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta. This post will cover the updates given for the Delta Regional Monitoring …

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Jul 18 2013

State Water Resources Control Board submits comments on the BDCP EIR/S

The State Water Resources Control  Board, a responsible agency for the BDCP’s EIR/S under CEQA provisions, has submitted their comments on the administrative draft of the environmental impact statement.  Their analysis focused on the CEQA analysis for the preferred alternative (alternative 4) and the State Water Board’s requested alternative (alternative 8).  The Board also focused …

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Jan 18 2013

Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson talks about the roles and responsibilities of his office

DWR Delta Minor Slough #5

In 2009, the Delta Reform Act directed the State Water Resources Control Board to appoint a watermaster for the Delta.  In 2010, Craig Wilson was appointed as the first Delta Watermaster.  Since taking office, Mr. Wilson has initiated several activities, from compliance and enforcement actions and investigations of water users to the preparation of policy-level …

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