State Water Resources Control Board Approves Temporary Urgency Change Petition for State Water Project and Central Valley Project

May 2022

California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 32, Number 8

On March 18, 2022, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Petition (TUCP), seeking temporary modifications to water right permit and license terms for the State Water Project (SWP) and federal Central Valley Project (CVP) from April 1 to June 30 because of prolonged drought conditions. The Executive Director for the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) conditionally approved the TUCP on April 4, 2022, easing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta outflow criteria and agricultural salinity requirements imposed by the State Board in Water Rights Decision 1641 (D-1641) and the requested period.

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