NOTICE: State Water Board launches new project to improve collection and management of water rights data

Notice from the State Water Resources Control Board:

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) is launching a new project called Updating Water Rights Data for California (UPWARD California) to improve the way the state collects and manages its water rights data and information.  

California’s water rights data includes information on water use, demand, and when and how water is diverted from streams and rivers. This type of information is critical for data-driven water management decisions, particularly when hydrology affects supply, such as drought. 

The state’s current water rights data system is outdated and lacks features that would make water rights reporting simpler and public access to information easier. UPWARD California will create a 21st century, modern platform that is crucial for California’s long-term water resilience in the face of ongoing climate change.

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