Paul Wells, Water Board Main Contact, Has New Job / Diversion Forms Deadlines Delayed

Well, rats, the main contact for (non-Delta) Water Board Enforcement issues, Paul Wells, found a better job at my old agency, DWR.  Hopefully someone will be, or already is, appointed in his place to help Kathy Mrowka.  I missed his auto-reply because it went into the wrong email folder – here it is:

“Wells, Paul@Waterboards via
Jan 19, 2017


My last day at the Division of Water Rights was January 6, 2017.

If you need assistance regarding the measurement and monitoring requirements, please contact Kathy Mrowka at

If you need assisance with any other issue related to the Division of Water Rights, please call 916-341-5300

If you would like to contact me, my new email address at the Department of Water Resources is


Paul Wells”


The Water Board made a slight update to report filing deadlines on February 6.  For the biggest diversions, over 1,000 acre-feet per year, deadlines for forms:

  • Request for Additional Time
  • Measurement Method
  • Alternative Compliance Plan

are pushed back to April 1 for Permits and Licenses, July 1 for Statements.  The device installation deadline is still January 30, BUT, since the Request for Additional Time deadline is later, then the effective device installation deadline must be AFTER April 1.  I don’t know whether pressure from ranchers and farmers made the difference (seems likely), or if the Water Board is just inundated with too much information.

Feb. 6, 2017 Water Board Update on Filing Deadlines

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