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 procedures to bridge the gaping […]

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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 no legal water right to […]

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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 the water for which Westlands […]

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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 in the year, DWR and […]

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DWR & Reclamation write State Water Board, allege water being wrongly diverted from the South and Central Delta

The California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have written a letter to the Deputy Director of the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights, asking her to use her authorities to order south and central Delta diverters to provide supporting information for their asserted water rights, as well as how much water they have […]

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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 receipt of a curtailment order […]

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This just in … Public Comment Period Begins On Proposed Emergency Curtailment Regulations to Protect Water Rights

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has released for public comment proposed emergency regulations that would ensure timely compliance with orders to stop diverting water to prevent harm to senior water rights holders. These regulations will not affect water right holders who have already complied with requests issued by the […]

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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 the watershed and allow it […]

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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 watershed and allow it to […]

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State Water Board schedules workshop to discuss options for drought-related curtailments in the Delta watershed

The time has come. There’s only so much water to go around, and it’s time for the State Water Resources Control Board to start figuring out how to divvy it up. It’s certainly no surprise that this year, there simply will not be enough water the satisfy the many farmers, irrigation districts, water agencies and others who hold permits in […]

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