April 2018 Newsletter
Water Measurement and Reporting Course
California Water Code §5101 requires each person or organization that uses diverted surface water or pumped groundwater from a known subterranean stream after December 31, 1965 to file with the State Water Board a Statement of Water Diversion and Use. Water use reporting requirements do not apply to individuals who receive all of their water through a municipal water system, or whose entire water diversions are delivered through a public or private water agency. Those authorized entities file reports with the State Water Board.
The following is from the February 18, 2018 post on the “California WaterBlog”,
Faced with such a daunting task of many complexities and uncertainties, water right administrators have some reluctance to suggest or enforce water right curtailments, even during droughts. This reluctance works against the property rights of senior right-holders, reduces environmental flows, and hinders user water supply investments, agreements, and markets.
SB 88 requires all water right holders - who have previously diverted or intend to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year (including riparian and pre-1914 claims), or who are authorized to divert more than 10 acre-feet per year (under a permit, license, or registration) - to measure and report the water they divert.
It also established a new deadline for the online reporting of appropriative water rights (now April 1). The deadline to file online riparian statements of use remains July 1. The deadline for installing measuring devices and filing a report of the measuring device varies depending on the amount of the diversion.
SB 88 set expectations for both accuracy of the measuring devices and monitoring frequency. The larger the diversions, the more stringent the measurement and monitoring requirements. If the annual diversion is greater than or equal to 100 acre-feet per year or storage is greater than or equal to 100 acre-feet, then the installation and certification measurement methods used are required to be approved by an engineer/contractor/professional.
Assembly Bill 589 became law January 1, 2018. The legislation was sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association and supported by California Farm Bureau Federation. It allows any diverter, as defined, who has completed a course on measurement devices and methods administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension, including passage of a proficiency test to be considered a “qualified individual” who may install and maintain measuring devices or implement methods of measurement that are used for their own annual diversions.
The law requires the University of California Cooperative Extension and the State Water Board to jointly develop the curriculum for the course and the proficiency test.
UC Cooperative Extension is offering a course in Santa Rosa on May 7. Pre-registration is required. Please visit the following website to register OR call our office 565-2621 and we will email or fax you a mail-in registration form. You may also print the mail-in registration form from the following website.
AB 589, Bigelow. Water diversion: monitoring and reporting training - UCCE Sonoma County
May 7, 12:30-4pm, Santa Rosa Vets Building
Future Assembly Bill 589 Training class locations and dates
(Registration or an RSVP is required)
June 29, 2018 (morning) Humboldt County; Eureka
Contact: Jeff Stackhouse firstname.lastname@example.org 707-445-7351
June 29, 2018 (afternoon) Trinity County; Hayfork
Contact: Larry Forero email@example.com 530-224-4900
July 9, 2018 Modoc County; Modoc District Farigrounds, Cedarville
Contact: Laura Snell firstname.lastname@example.org 530-233-6400
July 10, 2018 Siskiyou County; Best Western Miner's Inn, Yreka
Contact: Carissa Koopmann-Rivers email@example.com 530-842-2711
July 11, 2018 Yolo County; Woodland
Contact: Morgan Doran firstname.lastname@example.org 530-666-8738
August 29, 2018 Plumas/Sierra Counties; Taylorsville
August 30, 2018 Glenn County; Elk Creek
For more information on annual water use reporting, a summary of measurement and monitoring requirements and measurement regulation deadlines go to the State Water Board webpage “Annual Water Use Reporting Requirements for Water Right Holders.”