This just in … Trinity County Property Owner Issued Draft Cease and Desist Order for Unauthorized Water Diversion, Bulk Water Delivery

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today issued a draft Cease and Desist Order against a Trinity County property owner to halt illegal diversion and bulk delivery of water. This action follows a joint investigation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since 2008, Mark Hodgetts has operated a water filling station on […]

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

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 … Proposed Emergency Regulation in Four Russian River Tributary Watersheds

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “The State Water Resources Control Board has posted a proposed emergency regulation to provide a minimum amount of water in four Russian River tributaries to protect Central California Coast coho salmon and steelhead. The emergency regulation would enhance water conservation efforts in the affected region to provide the minimum amount of water needed […]

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

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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Guest commentary: Using the Reasonable Use Doctrine to restrict riparian water use

Commentary by Craig Wilson, the first Delta Watermaster and former Chief Counsel to State Water Board: The Governor recently stated that we need to step it up regarding responses to the epic drought that continues in California.  He then issued an unprecedented Emergency Order mandating urban water use reductions.   Yesterday the state Water Board issued an Order to implement this […]

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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

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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This just in … State Water Board Addresses State and Federal Water Projects Petition to Conserve Water During Drought Conditions; Board Also Announces Further Action to Curtail Water Diversions

From the State Water Resources Control Board: Facing the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year, the State Water Resources Control Board announced two actions today that will allow the state and federal water projects to conserve water supplies in upstream reservoirs and more effectively operate their facilities in response to ongoing dry conditions. The actions, in response to a […]

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This just in … State Water Board releases staff report on ways to improve oversight of water right systems during drought for public review

From the State Water Resources Control Board:   The State Water Resources Control Board today released a review of its implementation of the water rights system during 2014, part of an effort to improve the process as the state faces the likelihood of a fourth consecutive drought year. The staff review, developed from public input, focuses on ways to improve […]

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State Water Board: Notice of surface water shortage and potential for curtailment of water right diversions for 2015

From the State Water Resources Control Board: In January 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), responsible for administering California’s water rights system, took a number of key actions to provide for an […]

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This just in … State Water Board To Allow Limited Collection of Early Rainfall by Curtailed Water Right Holders

From the State Water Resources Control Board: As the 2015 water year begins, the State Water Resources Control Board announced today that curtailed water right holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Russian and Eel river watersheds will be able to take advantage of significant early precipitation events on a limited basis. Early storm events, which may not provide enough precipitation […]

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