This just in … New webpage from the State Water Board details potential for curtailment of water rights by watershed

From the State Water Board: “The State Water Board has updated its Drought Website to include information about the potential for curtailment of water rights in specific watersheds.  The information should help those using these water sources to more accurately forecast this year’s supply. The curtailment analyses shown on the website graph projected water supplies and reported monthly diversions to […]

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This just in … Friant, SLDMA, and S.J. River Exchange Contractors request modest increase in CVP releases this summer; “A prompt decision is vital; the viability of the San Joaquin Valley is at stake.”

The Friant Water Authority, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors have written Secretary Pritzker, Secretary Jewell, Region Director Murillo and Secretary Laird requesting a modest increase in the amount of Central Valley Project water released from upstream storage through the summer to allow for additional Delta pumping.  “The San Joaquin Valley is in […]

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This just in … State Water Resources Control Board warns of potential curtailment of water rights

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) administers California’s water rights system […]

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This just in … Court invalidates State Water Resources Control Board’s annual water right fees

From Somach Simmons & Dunn: “On November 12, 2013, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a Final Statement of Decision invalidating the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) annual water right fee regulations adopted in 2003-2004. This case is on remand from the California Supreme Court in California Farm Bureau Federation v. State Water Resources Control Board (2011) 51 Cal.4th 421.  […]

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Delta Watermaster presents report on California’s Area of Origin laws to State Water Board

One of the statutory responsibilities of the Delta Watermaster is to present reports to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Delta Stewardship Council on various water resource issues.  On October 8th, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson presented his eighth report to the Board titled “California’s Area of Origin Laws”. Mr. Wilson began by saying that he’d heard Area of […]

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Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 2: The Delta Regional Monitoring Program, Water Diversion Reporting, IRWM and Flood Futures Report

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta. This post will cover the updates given for the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, the State Water Board’s […]

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State Water Resources Control Board submits comments on the BDCP EIR/S

The State Water Resources Control  Board, a responsible agency for the BDCP’s EIR/S under CEQA provisions, has submitted their comments on the administrative draft of the environmental impact statement.  Their analysis focused on the CEQA analysis for the preferred alternative (alternative 4) and the State Water Board’s requested alternative (alternative 8).  The Board also focused on whether the EIR/S contained […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson talks about the roles and responsibilities of his office

In 2009, the Delta Reform Act directed the State Water Resources Control Board to appoint a watermaster for the Delta.  In 2010, Craig Wilson was appointed as the first Delta Watermaster.  Since taking office, Mr. Wilson has initiated several activities, from compliance and enforcement actions and investigations of water users to the preparation of policy-level reports on key water issues. […]

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Letter: Northern California water agencies concerned that revised Delta flow requirments and a change in point of diversion in the Delta will impact upstream water rights

In a letter sent last month to Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and State Water Board Chairman Charles Hoppin, Northern California water agencies expressed their concern of what the impact of changes in flow standards for the Delta along with a change in the point of diversion for the state and federal water projects will be on upstream water rights, and […]

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State Water Board needs broader authority for water rights enforcement, says the Delta Watermaster

Broader authority for the State Water Board to enforce water rights violations and prevent illegal diversions are among the key recommendations of an informational report to be presented at Wednesday’s Board meeting by Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson. In his report, Improving Water Rights Enforcement Authority, Mr. Wilson compared the State Water Board’s existing authority for enforcement of water quality violations […]

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