Water Rights Enforcement
After the driest January, February and March on record, most of California is experiencing a severe drought. Because of this, we are focusing our water rights enforcement activities in the six critical watersheds where the Board has issued curtailment orders. Regularly monitoring conditions and taking enforcement actions when necessary are critical for protecting more senior water right holders and the fishery resources that the curtailment orders were designed to protect.
Water Right Complaints
We rely on the public to help identify potential water right violations through the CalEPA Environmental Complaint website. We take water right complaints and the resulting investigations very seriously.
For more information on the Water Right Complaint Process, please visit the Water Rights Enforcement Complaints webpage.
To file a water right complaint, please visit the CalEPA Environmental Complaint website.
Additional Water Rights Enforcement Resources
- Water Measurement Regulations
- Water Right Annual Diversion and Use Reporting Violations: List of statement holders and water rights that have not completed 2018 reports. These parties may be subject to enforcement.
- Enforcement Authorities
- Proposed Water Rights Enforcement Policy
- Water Rights Revocation Process