A question I often hear is, “Hey, I got this letter/a call from the State Water Resources Control Board. What am I supposed to do about measuring my flow?” The main number for the Water Board is (916) 341-5300 – and these folks have much more work to do than time to do it. Several calls may be required to reach a knowledgeable person who isn’t already talking to two telephone calls, or making three investigations in the field. So, start with the main contact, Paul Wells, who is very knowledgeable and can get you the answers or the person you need to talk to.
By the way, Thank You to Kathy Mrowka, who has been reasonable in working with diverters who are trying to comply. What she says often is true: talk with her and/or others at the Water Board and you’ll likely get consideration, some more time to comply, and reduced (maybe greatly reduced) fines.
Since many calls I get are about enforcement letters, calls, or visits from the Board, it’s probably most useful to have the phone numbers and emails from Enforcement Program Staff. Here they are, from the Water Rights Enforcement Program Web Page:
|Katherine Mrowka, Manager
|Paul Wells, Senior WRCE Specialist
|Central Coast/So. Cal Unit||San Joaquin Valley Unit|
Laura Lavallee, Supervisor
Brian Coats, Supervisor
|Sacramento Valley Unit||North Coast Unit|
Victor Vasquez, Supervisor
Taro Murano, Supervisor