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May 5, 2015

SWRCB Orders Immediate Curtailment of Water Diversions; Certification Forms Due May 7

On April 30, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) ordered the immediate curtailment of water diversions for junior water rights holders in the San Joaquin-Sacramento Watershed and Delta. The curtailment notices were effective immediately and were issued to holders of 88 permits and licenses with Term 91 as a condition.  Though expected, the curtailment notices were issued earlier than an anticipated June 1 announcement. 

Curtailed Term 91 diverters must submit a completed Term 91 Curtailment Certification form within seven (7) days of the curtailment notice which confirms cessation of diversion activities (see (“Compliance Certification Required” section in curtailment notice).  The Board has indicated that this condition of curtailment will continue until water conditions improve.