On Water Board’s Enforcement Workshop

The SWRCB meeting [Enforcement Workshop] seemed to go OK.

The regulated community took the line that we are trying to conform, but we need consistent direction from the Board – please to not enforce with Draconian measures on those applying for permits. (this is, in part, true. Sorting the good ones from the bad ones will be difficult).

It was pointed out in some systems (e.g. the Russian River) assessment of total diversions (permitted and un-permitted) related to total available water (and degree of over-allocation) needs to occur. The SWRCB has no finite knowledge of what the reality is and what flows are needed to protect beneficial uses – nor the staff to get this done on any one river; much less on a state wide basis.

Nevertheless, the Board seems interested in moving forward in certain areas.

Any ideas? Write the Board.