Do you have a Water BoardPermit or License? Did you report for 2015, even zero flows? If not, get your flows reported online, to avoid potential $500/day fines after September 25! See the files below, and let your neighbors know if one of them is on the list.
Many diverters, particularly those who report less than 100 acre-feet (AF) per year, can find enough information in this blog to successfully install their own measurement devices. 100 AF per year is equivalent to a year-round, 24-7 diversion of 0.140 cubic feet per second (cfs). If the diverter only uses water during the irrigation season, the equivalent rate is higher. For example, a diversion for 90 days is only 1/4 of a year, so the rate is proportionately 4 times greater: 0.560 cfs.
What are some of the other regulations? Here are a few from the January 8 version, which still has the edits shown. The first is that diverters must “immediately” report changes in name, address, or ownership. Sometimes, buyers of property don’t even know they have a permit or license! Not immediately reporting something a buyer is not even aware of, puts the new owner in legal trouble:
There are changes in the regs which we have already discussed, in measurement devices, reporting frequency, and who is legally qualified to install measurement devices:
More on the regulations later, including additional information about how to comply with the law, stay out of trouble, and protect your right to divert water