Update Thurs., June 27, 2013- According to a telephone conversation today with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board, the goal of the program is to get people to comply voluntarily in reporting their water diversions. If the enforcement section of the program does a review and finds that a person has complied voluntarily, even though they missed the initial filing in 2010, the agency is less likely to take any punitive action against that person. In other words, he suggests that people required to report do so ASAP. The form for filing your water diversion for the first time can be obtained using the link below.
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The deadline for complying with California State Water Board requirements for reporting water diversions (taking and using water from rivers streams and springs) is July 1, 2013. Most diversions covered by this mandatory reporting requirement are from surface water taken and used from rivers and streams or from springs that flow off the property in which the total amount of spring water diverted is 25 acre-feet or more per year. More information on what diversions are specifically required for this reporting requirement can be obtained by clicking here.
According to the State Water Board website, the main purpose of the "Statement Program" is to create a central repository for records of diversions and uses of water. The site also states that: "Failure to file a statement may subject you to civil liabilities that carry a maximum fine of $1,000 plus $500 for each day the violation continues after 30 days of the State Water Board notifying you of the violation."
- Click here for KMUD News coverage of the first round of reporting which was due July 1, 2010 covering water usage for 2009. This piece inclues an interview with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board and aired on the KMUD Local News on June 18, 2010 - report submitted by KMUD Community Journalist Bob Froehlich.
- Click here to access the archive to locate and listen to an archived show with Scott Greacen, from Friends of the Eel River, talking about water rights, water diversion, water storage and reporting requirements. This show is found on the KMUD Archive and aired on Tues., June 18, 2013 at 7 pm.
- Click here for the archived CLMP show hosted by Bonnie Blackberry who welcomes Jane Arnold and Shane Embrey of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local activist Tom Grover. They discuss the expanding enforcement of state water diversion laws. This show aired on KMUD on Wed., June 5, 2013 at 7 pm, navigate to that time and date to listen to the show.