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Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline

CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS: Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline

July 1 marks another deadline for California water rights holders to report water usage:

  • Surface water users required to submit a Supplemental Statement of Diversion and users to report measurement data must file by July 1.
  • Groundwater users in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties also must file their 2018 annual production by July 1.

Compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Board”) reporting requirements is an important component of maintaining and protecting your water rights. Check out our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2019 for more information about the reporting requirements that may apply to you.

Other Upcoming Deadlines & Policy Under Development

We also want to remind water rights holders that changes to the State Board’s administration of water rights are in progress. The State Board is in the process of developing a Water Rights Enforcement Policy. The State Board envisions a policy broad in scope that will guide compliance through a series of escalating enforcement actions. The State Board is expected to release a draft policy for public comment in fall 2019 and adopt a final policy by fall 2020.

Groundwater users also should keep informed about the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act for their basins. In groundwater basins experiencing critical overdraft, recently formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are in the process of releasing draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans to meet the Jan. 31, 2020, deadline. These plans must incorporate monitoring and reporting requirements that may differ from what the state already requires. So far, two methods dominated monitoring requirements in these draft plans: wellhead metering and estimation of water use based on standard quantities of applied water for particular uses. Each basin’s reporting and monitoring requirements may differ; therefore, it is important to track these plans as they are developed.

We encourage you to contact your Brownstein Water Group attorney with any questions about this alert and the maintenance and protection of your water rights.

This document is intended to provide a summary of water right filing requirements and deadlines for California water users. The contents of this document are not intended to provide specific legal advice. If you have any questions about the contents of this document or if you need legal advice, please contact Stephanie Hastings, Mack Carlson or your regular Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP attorney. This communication may be considered advertising in some jurisdictions.

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