Category Archives: Water Rights

CSPA Dismisses Protest against North San Joaquin Water Conservation District

CSPA has dismissed its 2009 water rights protest against the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. CSPA’s dismissal will allow the District to use time-restricted funding to complete a groundwater recharge project. North San Joaquin will report annually to CSPA … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments and Testifies at State Board Workshop on Delta Water Availability

On 24 September 2014, CSPA testified at a State Water Resource Control Board (State Board) workshop regarding a proposed order on Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use. CSPA had previously submitted comments on 15 September. The stated purpose … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments and Testifies on State Board Hearing on Order Denying Petitions for Reconsideration of Emergency Orders

On 24 September 2014, CSPA testified at the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Board) hearing on the draft Order denying petitions for reconsideration and addressing objections regarding the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions (TUCP) for operation of the State Water … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Comments and Objection to June Lakes TUCP Petition and Order

On 19 September 2014, CSPA submitted comments and a formal objection to a temporary urgency change petition and order regarding a change in required minimum flows past the June Lake Public Utility District’s (JLPUD) Fern Creek diversion facility. CSPA pointed … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Submits Amicus to Supreme Court in Scott River Case

On 19 September 2014, CSPA, Karuk Tribe, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Northcoast Environmental Center, Friends of the Eel River and Clean Water Action submitted a Amici Curiae letter to the California Supreme Court regarding the appeal of Siskiyou County to the … Continue reading

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CSPA Files Complaint Against DWR, USBR for Illegal Diversion of Water

On 13 August 2014, CSPA filed a formal complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) alleging that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) have been illegal diverting and exporting water … Continue reading

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CSPA Submits Comments on State Board Attack on Water Rights System

On 19 May 2014, CSPA and CWIN submitted comments for the State Water Resource Control Board’s (Board) workshop on options for drought related curtailments of post-1914 water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  The Board has proposed a series … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Urgency Order

On 13 May 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance filed a formal Protest, Objection and Request for Reconsideration of the State Water Resources Control Board’s 2 May 2014 Temporary Urgency Drought Order.  The Order represents the eighth time within ninety days … Continue reading

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State Board Again Weakens Bay-Delta Standards; Refuses to Enforce the Law; Fish Suffer

On 6 May 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) held an informal workshop on the latest changes to water quality and flow standards established to protect public trust resources in the Bay-Delta estuary. The Board, on 2 … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Latest State Board Drought Temporary Urgency Change Order

On 28 April 2014, CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance formally protested the State Water Resource Control Board’s latest Temporary Urgency Order further relaxing water quality criteria and flow standards in the Delta to expedite increased water exports.  The 18 April Order … Continue reading

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CSPA Questions El Dorado Plan to Permit Water in Order to Sell It

On March 13, 2014, El Dorado Water and Power Authority issued a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for what it now calls the “El Dorado Water Reliability Project.”   The project as proposed is a second run at … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Urge Governor Brown to Establish Groundwater Regulations that Protect Public Trust Resources

On 15 April 2014, CSPA joined PCFFA, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Environmental Water Caucus, California Water Impact Network, Earth Law Center, Karuk Tribe, Environment Now and Klamath Riverkeeper in urging Governor Jerry Brown to reform groundwater management in California.  The coalition … Continue reading

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CSPA Assails BDCP at the San Joaquin State of Our Rivers Symposium

On 3 April 2014, CSPA Executive Director Bill Jennings presented a critique of the devastating impacts that implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will have on the Delta and local tributary rivers.  Other Key Note speakers included DWR … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests Attempt to Roll Back 1998 Water Rights Agreement

In 1992, CSPA protested a water rights application by the June Lakes Public Utilities District in Mono County.  In 1998, June Lakes PUD agreed to incorporate  a minimum streamflow requirement of 200 gallons per minute at its diversion on Fern … Continue reading

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CSPA, Coalition Call for Immediate Agency Action to List Rivers Impaired by Inadequate Flow

On 1 April 2014, CSPA joined Russian Riverkeeper, Klamath Riverkeeper, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations and Earth Law Center in submitting comments to the State Water Resources Control Board urging that the North Coast … Continue reading

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Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Kern Water Bank

On 5 March 2014, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley ruled that the EIR for the operation of the Kern Water Bank, the nation’s largest underground water-banking operation, failed to comply with basic requirements of the California Environmental Quality … Continue reading

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CSPA Protests State Board’s Drought Urgency Order

CSPA, CWIN and AquAlliance have filed a formal protest against the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Board) Order Approving a Temporary Urgency Change in License and Permit Terms and Conditions Requiring Compliance with Delta Water Quality Objectives in Response … Continue reading

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CSPA Testifies at State Water Board Drought Urgency Hearing

On 18 and 19 February 2014, CSPA testified at the State Water Resource Control Board’s workshop regarding the drought urgency petition filed by the Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Water Board’s temporary order, issued … Continue reading

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CSPA Opposes Contract Extension for Bay-Delta Plan Consultant

CSPA has requested that a proposed contract extension for ICF Jones & Stokes  (ICF) be removed from the State Water Board’s 4 February 2014 consent calendar and rescheduled for a subsequent State Board meeting.  ICF is a huge international consulting … Continue reading

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CSPA Issues Notice of Intent to Sue City of Watsonville

On 1 February 2014, CSPA sent a Notice of Intent to Sue to the City of Watsonville’s Municipal Service Center.  The notice letter alleges that the recycling and solid waste processing facility illegally discharges pollutants into the City’s storm sewer … Continue reading

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