“In exchange for dropping a challenge to a key Salinas Valley water right, state regulators have issued a set of requirements the Monterey County Water Resources Agency must meet in order to stay in regulators’ good graces.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced a 30-day public review period on a Proposed Negative Declaration (Proposed ND) for a proposed State Water Project supply allocation settlement agreement with four water agencies that receive water from the State Water Project (SWP).
“Released on July 19, the Proposed ND describes the Agreements in Principle that may form the basis of the settlement and related amendments to SWP long- term water supply contracts.
“Mounting legal bills spurred Monterey County Water Resources Agency representatives to seek a quick deal with state water board prosecutors over a contested Salinas River water use permit. But water agency officials continue to defend a decision to keep the settlement talks secret from an advisory committee charged with helping to defend the permit.”
“A warning letter went out this week says that even the state’s most secure water rights might not be totally secure during a dry year.
“The State Water Resources Control Board sent out the notice, which suggests landowners be realistic about what they plant later in the year, and suggested steps to take in case less water is available.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District announced Thursday that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town’s water supply, ending a dispute whose roots reach back a century.”
“Hard won agreements to remove dams, allocate water and restore streams in the Klamath Basin need to incorporate dissenters and cut costs to have a chance of winning congressional endorsement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said at a [Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee] hearing this morning [June 20].”
“The newly enforceable water rights are situated in a drought year that threatens damage to fishing, farming and ecosystem health — all spotlighting Thursday’s U.S. Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Klamath Basin water issues.”
“Some southern Oregon ranchers will have to reduce or completely shut down irrigation in the parched Upper Klamath Basin this summer as a result of a historic assertion of water rights by other users in the region.
On Monday, several groups, including the Klamath Tribes and irrigators in the federal Klamath Project, made formal calls for water, asking Oregon to enforce rights they won earlier this year.”