Alert to Permittees and Licensees – Reports to SWRCB are Past-Due!

Do you have a Water Board Permit 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.

Letter from Kathy Mrowka at the Water Board – 2015ftfltr_082516 

List of permittees and licensees who have not reported 2015 flows (PDF) – plftf2015_082316

List of permittees and licensees who have not reported 2015 flows (Excel) – plftf2015_082316

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Coming to a Diversion Near You – Water Board’s 2017 Measuring, Reporting Requirements

Continuing our discussion from a previous post,, surface water diverters must have some kind of measurement system, and must report diversions more frequently.  The Water Board posted a fact sheet online that summarizes the emergency regulations:  SENATE BILL 88 AND EMERGENCY REGULATION FORMEASURING AND REPORTING ON THE DIVERSION OF WATER

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:20160108_prop_regs_S_915-916

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