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Delta Watershed Enhanced Reporting, 2021-2023

Rescission of Curtailment and Reporting Orders

Effective April 3, 2023, all orders imposing water right curtailment and reporting requirements (curtailment and reporting orders) issued pursuant to the emergency curtailment and reporting regulation for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) watershed (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 23, § 876.1 et seq.) were rescinded.

The curtailment and reporting orders imposed reporting requirements for the largest diverters in the Delta Watershed to submit information on past diversions and projected demands (anticipated future diversions based on current conditions) monthly between August 2021 and April 2023. Past diversion data were collected for January 2021 through February 2023, while projected demands were collected for September 2021 through March 2023.

The orders also required water right holders and claimants to monitor the Delta Drought website and cease diversions when the Delta Watershed Curtailment Status List showed their right or claim was curtailed. Following the Governor’s issuance of Executive Order N-5-23, the curtailment and reporting orders were no longer needed.

As a result of this rescission, water right holders and claimants are no longer subject to curtailment and reporting requirements under the drought emergency regulation for the Delta Watershed, which expired on August 14, 2023. This includes checking curtailment statuses, enhanced reporting for larger rights and claims, and reporting for human health and safety exceptions. Pending requests for an exception to curtailment are considered closed. This rescission does not eliminate ongoing or pending enforcement actions for past violations and related settlements.

Please email bay-delta@waterboards.ca.gov for more information regarding previous enhanced reporting requirements under the emergency curtailment and reporting regulation for the Delta watershed