RULING: State Water Board issues ruling on Kings River FAS Hearing–Ruling on Motions to Exclude Evidence from Phase 1A Hearing

From the State Water Board’s Administrative Hearings Office:

On December 2, 2020, the Administrative Hearings Office (AHO) of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) issued a Notice of Public Hearing and Pre-Hearing Conference (Notice of Public Hearing) on two pending petitions to revoke or revise the Declaration of Fully Appropriated Stream Systems (FAS Declaration) with respect to the Kings River System and related issues raised in a complaint (Semitropic Complaint) filed by Semitropic Improvement District of Semitropic Water Storage District (Semitropic) against Kings River Water Association (KRWA) and its member units.

On March 21, 2021, KRWA and Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District (TLBWSD) filed motions to exclude some of the evidence submitted by Semitropic in Phase 1A of this hearing. TLBWSD moves to exclude the written proposed testimony of Jason Gianquinto (Semitropic-001), David Sunding (Semitropic-085), and Douglas Littlefield (Semitropic-012). KRWA moves to exclude this same testimony as well as the proposed testimony of Ali Taghavi (Semitropic-055).

On March 21, 2021, Semitropic filed a motion to exclude the written proposed testimony of thirteen witnesses and ten exhibits submitted by the Upper River Districts, KRWA, TLBWSD, and the McMullin Area GSA from the evidentiary record for Phase 1A of this hearing.

Read/download the full ruling below.

2021-06-01 Draft Hearing Officer's Ruling Letter-1
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