CA WATER COMMISSION: A primer on water rights permitting and change petitions

Presentation covers applications for new water rights, fully appropriated streams, and change petitions At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Amanda Montgomery, Chief of the Permitting Section for the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board was on hand to discuss the complex issue of water rights permitting and change petitions.  Ms. Montgomery’s presentation focused […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Riparian and pre-1914 water rights in the Delta

State Water Board staff use information gleaned from 2015 informational order to compile the first taxonomy of senior water rights in the Delta At the peak of the drought in February of 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights issued an informational order to 445 water right claimants in the Delta and its tributaries that required […]

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GROUNDWATER RIGHTS PRIMER: What Agencies & Project Developers Need to Know

A seminar at McGeorge School of Law takes a deep dive into groundwater rights and SGMA California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, and sustainable groundwater management is essential to a reliable and resilient water system. In recognition of this, the legislature passed a three-bill package known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Mandates: Are Reports of Their Death Greatly Exaggerated?

By complying with a state-directed water budget formula, will agencies be forced to strand their water rights or infrastructure investments? On May 9th of 2016, Governor Brown issued the latest in a series of executive orders in response to the drought, which was entitled, “Making water conservation a California way of life.” In that order he directed a group of […]

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This just in … State Water Board Dismisses Enforcement Actions Against Byron-Bethany and The West Side Irrigation Districts

Board Action Sustains Authority to Enforce Water Rights System When Demand Exceeds Supply in Droughts From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Today the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted an order dismissing a pair of enforcement actions brought against two water districts alleged to have taken water not available due to drought conditions. The Order follows […]

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Panel discussion: “Fixing” California’s water rights system

Panel of prominent attorneys discusses how the state’s water rights system performed in the drought and what changes, if any, should be made to the current system California’s recent drought and the State Water Board’s curtailments of water rights starting in 2014 has brought complaints about the state’s antiquated water rights system and alleged oversubscription of our surface water resources […]

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Justice Ronald B. Robie on California’s “New Normal”

Justice Robie’s keynote address to law symposium focuses on California’s water rights system and the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Justice Ronald Robie began by noting the title of the conference, ‘The New Normal’, saying that he thought it an appropriate way of looking at where we are today. “I’ve been involved with these issues for a long […]

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Legal panel: You Mean Just Having a Water Right Isn’t Good Enough?

How the ESA, Streambed Alteration Agreements, and the Clean Water Act Are All Curtailing the Exercise of Water Rights Recent court cases and regulatory changes have had major effects on the ability to for diverters to exercise their water rights, even those long-held.  At the ACWA 2015 Fall Conference held in December, a panel of lawyers discussed the issues, touching […]

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This just in … DWR and Reclamation submit joint petition for change in water right permits and licenses re: California Water Fix

From the State Water Resources Control Board: On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation submitted a joint petition for change in water right permit and license conditions  for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to add points of diversion of water on the Sacramento River associated with the California WaterFix […]

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

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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