State Water Board Workshop on Proposed Emergency Curtailments

Via Agricultural Council of California

The State Water Resources Control Board announced a July 27, 2021 virtual workshop at 1 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a proposed emergency curtailment and reporting regulation for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) Watershed.

Ag Council encourages members to participate in the virtual workshop, if possible, given that the regulation impacts many California farmers and communities.

The Board may consider emergency curtailments pursuant to the directives under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s drought proclamation.  Emergency regulations can allow for curtailment orders to direct water right holders to stop diversions, including pre-1914 appropriative or riparian claims.

In its workshop notice, the Board states, “The proposed emergency regulation would require water right holders in the Delta watershed to curtail their diversions when water is found by the State Water Board to be unavailable based on the best information available to the Board. The emergency regulation would also allow the Board to require that water right holders provide additional information related to their diversion and use of water.”

Workshop Details
The workshop is intended to receive stakeholder input, and Board members will not take action during the workshop.  Two options are available for stakeholders wishing to either participate in or simply view the July 27 virtual workshop.

1)  Individuals who would like to provide comments during the hearing may go to the Board notice HERE and use the zoom link provided to participate in the workshop.
2) For those who choose to watch the virtual workshop and not comment, please click HERE and scroll down to the July 27 link.

At the time of this writing, the regulation text and draft resolution are not yet available.  Ag Council will share the information when it becomes available by the Board.

For more information, please contact Agricultural Council of California HERE

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