This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY OPPORTUNITY TO DIVERT WATER UNDER PREVIOUSLY CURTAILED WATER RIGHTS FOR THE NORTH FORK EEL RIVER AND MAINSTEM EEL RIVER ABOVE THE SOUTH FORK CONFLUENCE
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has temporarily lifted the water rights curtailment for post-1914 water rights in the Eel River watershed. The temporary lifting of curtailments is based on a predicted rain event beginning on Friday October 24th.
All diversions during this time period must be in accordance with the State Water Board’s October 3, 2014 letter and lyris notification. During this diversion opportunity, you must comply with all terms and conditions of your water right, especially season of diversion and bypass conditions. You should keep a record of your diversions since such diversions are still subject to prior rights. Any diversion in violation of terms and conditions or of these notices is subject to enforcement.
The State Water Board will be monitoring weather forecasts and stream gages to determine if and when a curtailment reissuance is warranted. Please monitor your email and our website for further updates on when diversions are authorized, and when curtailments are in place. If a lyris notice is issued on the weekend, the website will not be updated until the following Monday due to service limitations. Although curtailments may be lifted on a seasonal basis once weather events allow such action, the current authorization to divert is based on limited duration storm events in the identified watersheds.
See our Eel River Flow page for current flows.