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California Fish and Wildlife Persecutes Ranchers Over Water Rights

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On June 10th, 2015, a dozen or more neighbors, in a small valley, located in far northern California, helped some ranchers gain access to their water rights, which dates back to 1863.  We went into the river and moved rocks.  Rocks displaced by a spring flood event, in order to get the water to flow toward the fish screen, at the mouth of a one hundred year old irrigation ditch.  Our neighbors needed help.  They had applied for a permit some six months earlier. They watched the river levels dropping, wondering why it would take more than half a year to get permission to do such a small job.  Finally, out of desperation, in order to put some water on the crops which provide for their families, more than a dozen of us answered the call for help.

We acted collectively knowing the state would have to make a decision to prosecute all of us.

California Fish and Wildlife is deciding whether to go forward with that prosecution.  Cal Fish and Wildlife contends that every surface water user must ask permission prior to turning water onto their crops.

Fish and Wildlife has an agenda.  California, using this agency, intends to gain control over all surface water rights in California.  Water rights are real property rights in California.  There is a priority system to ensure the rights are used under the “first in time, first in right doctrine”.  California’s executive agencies have been locked in a battle with farmers and ranchers for decades trying to gain control over all surface and subsurface water rights in our state.

To give an idea of the ridiculous nature of this persecution, one of the potential charges contemplated against us, is the act of “unlawfully entering a wet area.”  I never knew it to be a crime to step in the water.  There are State Senators, County Supervisors, State Assembly people and at least one Congressman now involved in our heinous act of making a leaky ten foot long rock dam.  Oh, and unlawfully entering a wet area.  The reason so many of us entered the wet area to help our neighbors get their water?  Because we know the Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for someone to prosecute for failing to ask Big Brother’s permission to use adjudicated water rights.  Our community is not willing to allow our friends and neighbor go this alone.  Fish and Wildlife will either take all of us, or take none of us!

The open question for the people of California, as well as the rest of the United States is as follows; when is a right, not a right?  A property right is not a right when it requires permission or a permit.  I am reminded of Ben Franklin when he said, “Property must be secure or Liberty cannot exist.”  When permission is required, permission can be denied.   Fees are always involved.  The State is in a position to price people out of their property rights.  When does the Bill of Rights or the Charter of Rights in our State Constitution enter the process?

Article one; Section one, of the California Constitution declares that all people are free and independent by nature with certain inalienable rights.  Among them, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property.  Why bother to have Constitution when the agencies of the executive can ignore the Charter of Rights, or the Bill of Rights?  Why are we forced to ask government every time we want to water our crops, provide drinking water to our animals, in order to provide decent lives for our children?  If we are not to be denied Life, Liberty or Property, without due process, how is the executive branch of government allowed to dictate to the people they are supposed to serve, when, where and how, property can or cannot be used and how much it will cost you to use the  property you own.

The people of our watershed are waiting for the other shoe to drop.  We wait to see if the government of, for, and by, the people will choose to persecute us for using water we have the inalienable right to use.  We will not submit.  We will not abdicate our property rights to executive branch of the State of California or to any agency of that branch.  To do otherwise would be to admit that we have become subjects of the Monarchy called California.

Tyranny rarely fixes itself.

We must all ask ourselves whether our creation, (yes, people created government, not the other way around), has become our master?  This is the primary reason eight counties of California have signed Declarations and Petitions to withdraw from the State of California under Article 4, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, to form the 51st State.  The State of Jefferson.  Rural Northern California has no representation.  We must act to restore the inalienable rights to Liberty, and Property for ourselves and for generations to come.

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Cities’ food supplies are eating into groundwater reserves, study finds

Agriculture - California, California water

PNP comment:  Leave it up to the liberal Huffington Post to get it wrong.  Modern agricultural practices feeds millions on an amazingly reduced amount of water. — Editor Liz Bowen

BLOG: Liquidating Our Water Resources – California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

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From: Ellen Moyer, Huffington Post

The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming decade. The crisis in California serves as an example of common agricultural policies and practices that damage our water supplies.

Response, below, from California Farm Water Coalition is right on — Editor Liz Bowen

Comment:  People claim that California’s farms are rife with waste, but experts who study the issue disagree. Researchers at California’s universities, including U.C. Davis, C.S.U. Fresno, and Cal Poly S.L.O. have refuted these claims repeatedly. Estimates of the amount of water that could be conserved in California agriculture were calculated in 2011 by researchers at the Center for Irrigation Technology in CSU Fresno at 1.3 percent of total farm water use. That would be less than 2% of the water that flows out the Delta and under the Golden Gate Bridge every year.

Focusing exclusively on agricultural economic numbers doesn’t take into account the many other related fields that rely on farm products. For instance, the processing and transportation of those crops are considered different industries, meaning they are categorized differently, despite being so intertwined with agriculture. Likewise, the statement that agricultural water accounts for 80% of the state’s water use is also incorrect. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the water humans manage is allocated at 50% for environmental uses, 40% for agricultural uses, and 10% urban use.

It’s important to use the most reliable, current sources when discussing an issue as critical as water in California’s drought.


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Cities’ food supplies are eating into groundwater reserves, study finds

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PNP comment: ‘Bout time that someone figured out that water for agriculture goes to feed the multitudes in cities ! — Editor Liz Bowen


From: Sasha Lovett, Los Angeles Times

Groundwater in America’s major aquifers is being used up way faster than it’s being replenished. But where does all that water go?.

A lot of it is used in producing food for the nation’s city dwellers, a new study calculates.

Rather than try to figure out how much water farmers use in comparison with how much cities demand, the study’s authors looked at the foods that groundwater is used to grow – and who gets to eat them.



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More Illegal Water Cutbacks Ordered by Confused Guv Brown

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California Political Review

Last week the Attorney General Kamela Harris, also not one to abide by the laws or Constitution, declared that the confused governors’ call for ending senior water rights was only “voluntary”, not mandated. That has not stopped the confused Guv Brown to take water rights from San Fran and many others—in hopes that by the time the lawsuits are heard, he is out of office.

“The new curtailments impact just 11 water rights holders, but they’re one more sign of how serious the drought has become. Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board announced curtailments for “senior” rights holders for just the second time ever, warning that further cutbacks were on the horizon. Friday’s announcement followed through on that warning.

“Barring a miracle, we’re going to continue to see curtailment orders issued throughout the summer,” Peter Gleick, president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, told The Desert Sun earlier this month.

The governor refuses to stop water flowing into the ocean, he refuses to waive environmental laws so desalinization plants can be built and he continues to refuse to spend water bond money, some dating back to 2006 and so far unallocated, to build water storage facilities. Stop the corruption from the governors office, stop the fines and punishment—Jerry Brown could end the lack of water—IF he wanted to do that. Obviously he does not.


More historic water cutbacks for California farmers

Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun , 6/26/15

State officials once again slashed water use for Northern California farmers on Friday, announcing a new round of cutbacks targeted at people and businesses who laid claim to their water as far back as 1858.

The new curtailments impact just 11 water rights holders, but they’re one more sign of how serious the drought has become. Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board announced curtailments for “senior” rights holders for just the second time ever, warning that further cutbacks were on the horizon. Friday’s announcement followed through on that warning.

“Barring a miracle, we’re going to continue to see curtailment orders issued throughout the summer,” Peter Gleick, president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, told The Desert Sun earlier this month.

The cuts announced Friday affect five water agencies that collectively serve more than 300,000 acres of farmland, as well as Pacific Gas & Electric, a handful of individual water users and Vulcan Materials Company, the nation’s largest provider of gravel and other construction material. Until further notice, they won’t be allowed to draw water from the Merced River or the Upper San Joaquin River, depending on their water right.

The Coachella branch of the All-American Canal carries water from the Colorado River that flows to the area’s farms. The Coachella Valley Water District says agriculture accounts for about half of all water use in the area. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

California has now curtailed more than 9,000 water rights this year, many of them belonging to farmers. But until this month, only “junior” water rights holders, who laid claim to surface water after 1914, were affected.

That changed two weeks ago, when the state water board announced cutbacks for114 water users who established their rights between 1903 and 1914. Those curtailments affected water rights on the San Joaquin River, the Sacramento River and the delta that forms where the two rivers meet.

The latest curtailments go even further back, cutting off Merced River water for users who established their rights between 1858 and 1914. They also impact pre-1914 and post-1914 rights to water from the Upper San Joaquin River.

“The impact continues to widen and deepen as we go through this year,” Dave Kranz, a spokesperson for the California Farm Bureau Federation, recently told The Desert Sun. “It’s going to be a long, tough summer for a lot of people.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported this week that 47 percent of California is currently suffering from “exceptional drought.” About 95 percent of the state is experiencing at least “severe” drought.



Confused Guv Brown FORCED to Give Back Stolen Water to Owners

Agriculture - California, Air, Climate & Weather, California Rivers, California water, CORRUPTION, State gov

California Political Review

Jerry Brown, a licensed attorney, stole the senior water rights of over 100 people and towns. In fact, his theft caused the San Joaquin County city of Mountain House to lose ALL of their water—forcing them to buy on the private market very expensive water for the 15,000 residents of this town. It was government action, theft by the Guv, which caused the crisis, not a drought. Now even the Attorney General realized the massive lawsuits that will be filed against the State for lose of water rights. So, she tried to make it good.

“The California Attorney General’s office backtracked Tuesday, surprising senior water rights holders by saying in court that the curtailment notices they received were merely advisory and not compulsory.
The turnaround happened in San Joaquin County Superior Court during a hearing in Banta Carbona Irrigation District’s challenge of curtailment notices the State Water Resources Control Board issued to 114 senior rights holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region on June 12.”

Why does the Guv take illegal action against cities, farmers and families—and get away with it? When will the people demand the very confused governor to stop making fish bait (delta smelt) comfortable and give the water back to the people?

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California Hedges on Water Cuts; Managers Call Situation ‘Chaotic’

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM, Courthouse News, 6/25/15

SACRAMENTO (CN) – The California Attorney General’s office backtracked Tuesday, surprising senior water rights holders by saying in court that the curtailment notices they received were merely advisory and not compulsory.
The turnaround happened in San Joaquin County Superior Court during a hearing in Banta Carbona Irrigation District’s challenge of curtailment notices the State Water Resources Control Board issued to 114 senior rights holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region on June 12.
The Banta Carbona Irrigation District is south of Tracy in San Joaquin County, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. California produces more than one-eighth of the nation’s agricultural revenue, and the valley, known as California’s Breadbasket, produces most of the state’s output.
The notices directed certain owners of water rights dating back to 1903 to immediately stop diverting water and threatened daily $1,000 fines plus $2,500 per acre-foot of water drawn if they did not comply. An acre-foot of water is enough to supply approximately two homes for a year.
Several water districts responded by suing the water board, claiming the state does not have the right to restrict the senior water rights holders’ water use.
In court documents rebuffing the lawsuit brought by Banta Carbona, state officials seemed to change their stance by characterizing the curtailment notices as “courtesy notices” that were “advisory” only.
Water managers said that hardly seemed to be the case.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager Jeff Shields said the notices told rights holders they had seven days to sign a compliance statement under penalty of perjury.
“That doesn’t sound like a general courtesy notice. That sounds like an order,” he told Courthouse News.
Steve Knell, general manager of Oakdale Irrigation District, said the state’s change of position surprised everyone.
“They basically said, ‘I don’t know why you’re all upset, these are just advisory notices, they’re not enforceable, they are in no way intended to make folks do anything.’ There’s a lot of confusion right now,” Knell told Courthouse News.
This is just the second time in history that the state has sought to curtail water rights of farmers and agencies whose claims date back before 1914. They have historically been protected by their longstanding water rights.
Shields said the state’s curtailment notices violated due process.
“California water law is really simple. There is a water right priority system that has been established and it exists to create order in times of shortage. They can’t just issue a blanket order saying that everybody has to stop pumping. That’s not how the water rights priority works,” Shields said.
The state must abide by a process in which it identifies the water rights at issue, who holds those rights and in what order, and who would be injured, Shields said. Then it can curtail the rights in order of seniority.
In this case, the state “never held a process to say why they are doing this,” Shields said.
“I don’t even know whose water we’re supposedly diverting that has a higher right to it than we do. Instead, the water board just told us to sign a document without a hearing and without due process. The attorney general identified these fatal flaws in the process, and as a consequence stepped away from calling them curtailment orders.”
Shields called the situation “chaotic.”
The only appropriate action now is for the water board to rescind the orders or issue a clarification explaining that they are only advisory and not compulsory, he added.
Court documents filed by Attorney General Kamala Harris state that Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts’ request that Stanislaus County Superior Court stay the water board’s enforcement of the curtailments is premature.
“The notice does not impose liability on any diverter, or determine that any diverter is in violation of the law; rather, the notice refers to potential penalties, the imposition of which must be preceded by an adjudicative proceedings,” according to the state’s opposition to the water districts’ request for a stay.
Because the water board has not found that the districts are diverting water without the authority to do so, and such a finding would require a hearing, the districts’ challenge to the general curtailment notice “presents no justiciable controversy,” the state said.
A hearing on the districts’ ex parte application for a stay of the curtailments is set for Thursday before Stanislaus County Judge Timothy Salter.
Salter is expected to rule that he does not have jurisdiction to issue a stay, and must transfer the case outside of the county.
On Wednesday, Salter ruled in the Patterson Irrigation District‘s case that the state was entitled to a change of venue.
On Tuesday, San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Carter Holly ruled that the Banta Carbona case must be transferred to a less partial county – which one has not yet been determined.
In its change of venue motion in the Oakdale and South San Joaquin complaint in Stanislaus County, the state says the water board “will likely be perceived as a distant sovereign opposing the interests of the local residents.”
Oakdale Irrigation has 2,900 agricultural accounts in its 65,000 acres. South San Joaquin Irrigation serves drinking water to 200,000 people and irrigation water to 50,000 acres.
Oakdale general manager Knell said the change of venue will delay the case to the detriment of water agencies that are unsure of how to proceed in the troubled legal waters.
“We could be looking at 10 to 12 weeks until districts get their day in court. It’s almost impossible to run an irrigation district when the state keeps jerking you around like this. We need to know how much water we’re going to have at the end of the year. Because the state is so uncertain, that makes our business so uncertain, and that’s the hard part of it,” Knell said.
He criticized the water board for not being better prepared on how to handle the curtailments.
“We live in a state that has droughts. This is the fourth year of the drought and the state’s now doing things against senior rights holders that may not be legally possible. The water board should have figured this out long ago,” Knell said.
The state did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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State water system stretched to limit, officials say

Agriculture - California, Air, Climate & Weather, California water, State gov, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality

 June 24, 2015

State and federal water regulators said Wednesday they’re struggling to hold California’s fragile water system together amid dwindling supplies and increasing anger from farmers, lawmakers, environmentalists and others.

At an informal hearing of the State Water Resources Control Board, a host of state legislators implored regulators to make more water available for agriculture and rural Californians. Environmentalists, however, said several fish species could go extinct if more water isn’t made available to them.

Meanwhile, officials warned about significant operational problems at Folsom Lake and Lake Oroville, which are being drawn down to historically low levels in an effort to cure a water-temperature problem that has left populations of endangered salmon in peril.

The conflicting demands made clear the difficulties regulators are facing in the fourth year of drought. Different elements of California’s water infrastructure are inextricably linked with each other, so addressing one problem often leads to new problems elsewhere in the system.

The entire system “is stretched to its limit, obviously,” said Ron Milligan, operations manager at the federal government’s Central Valley Project, which delivers millions of gallons of Northern California water to cities and farms throughout the state. “We’re hitting some difficult decision points.”

At issue is a recent tentative decision by the water board to reduce flows out of Lake Shasta in an effort to tamp down the temperature of water on the Sacramento River. The idea is to avoid a repeat of last year, when warm water killed most of the young winter-run Chinook salmon. The Chinook is listed as an endangered species.

The decision, which the water board is expected to finalize soon, is having major implications throughout California. Some 250,000 acre feet of water is being held back at Shasta through the end of August, raising havoc with farmers and others who were counting on the supplies.

“They were told they were going to get a certain amount of water,” said state Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, one of several legislators pleading with the water board to release more water to their constituents. “There’s got to be a way to balance the uses.”

Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, said agriculture is more important than “a few degrees in Fahrenheit” to save some fish. He and others noted that an estimated 500,000 acres of land have been fallowed already this year, a figure that could grow because of the water being held behind Shasta Dam.

Yet environmentalist Gary Bobker of the nonprofit Bay Institute said hurting farmers is preferable to making a species of fish go extinct. Agriculture “will still be here in five to 10 years,” he said.

The water temperature problem is putting stress on other crucial facets of the water system. Restricting flows from Shasta means there’s less fresh water available to flow through the Delta and keep salinity at bay. The Delta must be kept salt free because it’s the hub from which Northern California surface water is pumped to San Joaquin Valley farmers and millions of Southern Californians.

To compensate for the shortage of water coming from Shasta, federal and state officials have ramped up releases from the massive reservoirs at Folsom and Oroville. That’s causing fresh complications.

Federal officials said they expect Folsom to be drawn down to 120,000 acre feet by the end of September, a record low. That will cut into the margin for error to operate the lake properly. Intake valves that pull water out of the lake might not function properly if the lake falls below 90,000 acre feet.

Folsom is the primary water source for several Sacramento suburbs, including Roseville, Folsom and Granite Bay. “Running the lake down to 120,000 acre feet would have devastating effects,” said Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville.

Milligan said federal officials are sensitive to the problem of eating into Folsom Lake’s operating cushion. One remedy under discussion is placing a temporary pumping station on a barge and floating it onto the lake to make sure water will continue to flow to the Sacramento suburbs, he said. “If the lake level gets low enough, that would be the concept,” he said.

Anxiety is also growing further up the Sacramento Valley. Lake Oroville, the main reservoir of the State Water Project, is on track to be reduced to 900,000 acre feet this summer. “That meets historical low points for Oroville,” said John Leahigh of the state Department of Water Resources, which operates the reservoir.

Much below 900,000 acre feet, it becomes difficult to operate the lake, he said. A state-run hydro plant at Oroville will lose some of its generating capacity, he said. In addition, state officials are worried about having less water available to “carry over” to next year.

“If we get another dry year, it would be very difficult,” he said.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler


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Lawsuits challenge California’s drought plan

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A group of water districts sued California regulators Friday over the state’s order prohibiting holders of some of the oldest water rights from pumping water out of rivers and streams.

The lawsuit, filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court, challenges the State Water Resources Control Board’s decision last week to ban diversions by 114 different rights holders in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds.

The affected groups are senior water rights holders. That means they’ve held the right to divert water since before 1914, when California established its rights system. Last week’s decision by the water board marked the first time since the drought of 1977 that any senior rights have been curtailed.

“This is our water. We believe firmly in that fact, and we are willing to take on the state bureaucracy to protect that right,” said Steve Knell, general manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District, in a prepared statement. Joining in the lawsuit was the South San Joaquin Irrigation District and an umbrella group called the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority.

Separate lawsuits were filed by the Patterson and Banta Carbona irrigation districts, according to officials with the water board.

The lawsuits are further evidence of the stress on the state’s water system in the fourth year of drought. As regulators order farmers and urban residents to cut water use, some are fighting back. The city of Riverside has sued over a state mandate that it cut water use by 28 percent. A group of State Water Project customers, including farm groups and the massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, earlier this week filed a complaint with regulators alleging farmers in the Delta region are using water that isn’t rightfully theirs.

In the lawsuit over the senior rights, the plaintiffs say the water board overstepped its authority.

“There’s a question in our minds whether the state water board has jurisdiction over pre-1914 rights, period,” said Jeff Shields, general manager of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. “The state didn’t do any due process. They didn’t hold a hearing of any kind. The Constitution provides protections for private property, and there’s a due process that one has to go through to take that property.”

San Francisco is a member of the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, a consortium whose members hold pre-1914 rights to draw water from the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. Those rights were cut off last week, according to the lawsuit.

But state water board officials made a point last week of saying that San Francisco’s rights remain intact – an apparent contradiction that raises questions about how the city is being treated.

George Kostyrko, a water board spokesman, and Andy Sawyer, the board’s assistant chief counsel, said they couldn’t comment on San Francisco’s situation.

Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for San Francisco’s city attorney, said, “San Francisco is not suing the State Water Resources Control Board. It’s the authority we are a member of” that filed suit. He declined further comment.

Dale Kasler: (916) 321-1066, @dakasler


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Community, farmers face water cut-off after California drought decision

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PNP comment:  Bad news!  — Editor Liz Bowen

A Northern California community already is faced with losing its water supply after the drought-stricken state took the drastic step of suspending water-access rights established as far back as 1903.

The State Water Resources Control Board announced the move June 12, suspending access to water for 114 so-called senior rights-holders, all in hardest-hit Northern California.

The community of Mountain House, about an hour east of San Francisco, is now days away from running out of water, according to local reports. That’s because its only supplier, the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, was one of the senior rights-holders put on notice Friday.

The state warns more hardship could be on the horizon.

“Curtailment notices for other watersheds and for more senior water-rights holders in these watersheds may be imminent,” state officials said in a statement, as the drought heads into the peak summer-growing season.

The move marked the first time since the drought began that senior rights — or water rights established after 1903 and before 1914 — have been curtailed. Officials said this hasn’t happened since the late 1970s.

More on this…

  • Drought-stricken California at high risk for wildfires

In Mountain House, the shut-off announcement has sent community officials scrambling to find alternative suppliers. The district also serves about 160 farmers whose annual crops and livelihood are now in jeopardy.

“My wife thinks I’m nuts,” resident Anthony Gordon told a Sacramento-area CBS affiliate. “I have like 500 gallons of drinking water stored in my home.”

General Manager Ed Pattison told the TV station he was confident he could find an alternative supplier before the water runs out but acknowledged that would be only a short-term fix.

Still, the curtailment didn’t come as a surprise. The state sent two letters earlier this year warning all rights-holders about the situation. And 5,000 curtailment notices were issued last year, state officials said.

The state already has suspended 162 other senior rights and 8,721 junior rights, or those established after 1914. All of them are connected to the Sacramento and San Joaquin watersheds and Delta.

Violators face a maximum fine of $1,000 a day and $2,500 per “acre-foot of water unlawfully diverted.” Rights established before 1903 have yet to be impacted.

Some water districts reportedly plan to sue the state, arguing it has no legal authority to go after these long-standing water rights.

In April, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, mandated that cities and towns cut water use by 25 percent as of June 1. State records show residents have since used less water but apparently not enough to meet the mandatory cuts and deadline.


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California Farmers Worry Senior Water Rights Cuts In Drought Could Be Devastating « CBS Sacramento

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PNP comment: This is terrible! Editor Liz Bowen

ACTION ALERT – WATER, LAND and FOOD THEFT: THE WATER is BEING TURNED OFF – California Farmers Worry Senior Water Rights Cuts In Drought Could Be Devastating « CBS Sacramento . . .

Aditional COMMENT: Please do ALL you can to alert our farming and ranching neighbors of the water FACTS. . . go to www.PrimaryWater.org – Learn the information necessary to combat the scarce water campaign and illusion of peak water – we are not running out of water . . . We are the Water Planet and water is continuously created within the mantel of the Earth, Continuously . . . Please watch the YouTube Primary Water Explained and help distribute flyers to the communities that are being threatened with immediate water curtailments. YOUR TOWN WILL BE NEXT – the powers that be want control of OUR water. They want ALL the water, every DROP. . Learn who the “THEY” are by watching the YouTube “Water Wars Stealing Water for Profit and Power” . . .

California Farmers Worry Senior Water Rights Cuts In Drought Could Be Devastating « CBS Sacramento


TRACY (CBS13) — California ordered dramatic cuts to farmers who have water rights dating back more than 100 years to help with the drought.
Notices have been sent to 114 senior rights holders, telling them to stop diverting water and to stop releasing previously stored water. Those who violate the order face fines up to $1,000 a day and $2,500 per acre-foot.

RUNNING OUT of Water – Mountain House water source dries up – News – recordnet.com – Stockton, CA


Posted Jun. 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Outdoor irrigation could soon be entirely banned in San Joaquin County’s newest community, more evidence that the pain of the drought is not limited to local farmers.
Mountain House, a planned community of about 9,600 people, buys its water from the Byron Bethany Irrigation District near Tracy.
But on Friday, state officials announced that Byron Bethany can no longer divert water under its century-old water right, along with 114 other water districts, farms and companies up and down the Central Valley.
The announcement was no surprise. But Mountain House must now scramble to either secure an alternate supply, or impose massive cuts on its residents.
“The drought is beginning to really hurt people where they live, and Mountain House is no different,” the community’s general manager, Ed Pattison, told his Board of Directors just two days before the cuts were announced.
The state’s so-called “curtailments” require water users to cease diversions within seven days, or face penalties up to $1,000 per day. However, the state says it will consider — on a case-by-case basis — allowing some water to be delivered for health and human safety purposes.
If that happens in Mountain House, the town would be left with about 50 gallons per person per day, Pattison said last week. Current usage is about 97 gallons per person per day.
Essentially cutting the water supply in half creates the “very real possibility” that all outdoor watering will be banned, Pattison said.
“That would basically mean that Mountain House would lose potentially hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in landscaping that has already been put in place, and is one of the beautiful aesthetics that brings people to Mountain House,” he said.

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Sacramento Decides: More Water for Fish NOT People

Agriculture - California, Air, Climate & Weather, California water, State gov

June 10, 2015

Commentary by Stephen Frank from California Political Review:

Bad news for people and farmers. Consumers beware, our confused Guv Brown has decided to take water from people and give it to fish bait(delta smelt). Now Brown and his buddies want to protect Coho salmon instead of people.

“The State Water Resources Board will hold a hearing next week to discuss emergency regulations for Russian River tributaries to protect juvenile Coho salmon and steelhead trout threatened by low water and warm temperatures.
The emergency measures would ramp up water conservation in the region to spare fish from low oxygen levels.
“While there are no abundance estimates for steelhead in the Russian River watershed, their numbers have declined substantially and Central California Coast steelhead are likely to become in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future,” the water board said Tuesday.”

I have an idea—all the fish can vote for the Democrats who refuse to provide a water policy and the people that have been punished, lost job, had costs of food, water and energy skyrocket, they can vote for Republicans.

More Water Cuts Seen for Northern California

By NICK CAHILL, Courthouse News, 6/10/15

SACRAMENTO (CN) – With drought so severe even Northern California rivers are shrinking, the state water regulator is considering more cutbacks to protect salmon and other protected species.
The State Water Resources Board will hold a hearing next week to discuss emergency regulations for Russian River tributaries to protect juvenile Coho salmon and steelhead trout threatened by low water and warm temperatures.
The emergency measures would ramp up water conservation in the region to spare fish from low oxygen levels.
“While there are no abundance estimates for steelhead in the Russian River watershed, their numbers have declined substantially and Central California Coast steelhead are likely to become in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future,” the water board said Tuesday.
The water cuts already ordered won’t be enough to supply the cold water juvenile fish need to congregate during the summer. Four Russian River tributaries would be affected, affecting 113 square miles and 13,000 landowners in Northern California.
Business and residents would be barred from ornamental lawn watering and water fountains and decorative ponds prohibited. Farmers and commercial users would face more restrictions on water diversion and groundwater pumping.
The water board said that in the 1950s commercial fisherman harvested an average of 13,000 Coho salmon during the river’s peak run. By the 2000s, as few as two Coho salmon were recorded in the same watershed.
The Russian River runs 110 miles through Mendocino and Sonoma counties before emptying into the Pacific Ocean 80 miles north of San Francisco. The water board will vote on the proposed emergency measure June 17, which if approved would become effective June 29.


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