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California drought: State's water restrictions face court tests

Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Four lawsuits over restrictions for 'senior' water users in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds, as well as a lawsuit by the city of Riverside, challenge state control over local water rights amid the California drought. 

Four years into a record-breaking drought, California is suddenly awash in lawsuits challenging the state's water-saving directives, especially the 25 percent mandatory statewide cutbacks ordered by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Less than a month after those mandatory restrictions went into effect, one city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles is the first municipality to challenge state control over local water rights in the courts. 

Riverside is suing the state, claiming that the new restrictions unfairly affect the community. 

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MOU Revision - June 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015
As many of you know, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Council Board approved changes to BMP 1.4. It directed the BMP 1.4 Board Committee to finalize language and explanatory materials. On Wednesday, May 20, the Board reviewed the final language and materials and found them in conformity with its March 10 vote. As such, it has sent the proposed changes to the full membership for a formal vote.

State Water Board Adopts 25% Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
From the State Water Resources Control Board 5/5/2015 media release:

"With emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday adopted anemergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order.[...]

The conservation savings for all urban water suppliers (serving more than 3,000 connections) are allocated across nine tiers of increasing levels of residential gallons per capita per day (R-GPCD) water use to reduce water use by 25 percent statewide and will take effect June 1st. For specific information on the tiers and the suppliers in each tier, please visit here."

Note that it will take the SWRCB a few days to get the final Emergency Regulations document up on the Emergency Regulations Development webpage.

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