Division of Water Rights
Division of Water Rights COVID-19 Notice:
Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor’s and Sacramento County’s orders to stay at home, the Division of Water Rights is significantly reducing the amount of staff located in the CalEPA building. As the Division of Water Rights implements alternative work arrangements, we will continue the majority of our Water Right efforts, but some Division services will be disrupted.
As of March 20, 2020, the Division of Water Rights Records Room and public window will be open by appointment only on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9AM to 4PM. Even during that time, record reviews should be only for essential matters and otherwise consistent with the Governor’s and Sacramento County’s travel limitations for essential services and functions.
If you wish to view Water Right files or drop off materials in person at the CalEPA building, please contact the Division of Water Rights at DWR@waterboards.ca.gov to schedule an appointment. The reduction of staff within the CalEPA building will unfortunately delay response times for requests received by the Division of Water Rights. We appreciate your patience and will continue to process all requests we receive. Please continue to contact the Division of Water Rights at DWR@waterboards.ca.gov, or (916) 341-5300, for all your water right requests and questions.
Water Rights Programs
- NEW! Release of Draft Scientific Basis Report Supplement in Support of Proposed Voluntary Agreements for the Sacramento/Delta Update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan
- Two environmental consulting firms penalized for submitting inflated invoices to state's Underground Tank Cleanup Fund (11/07/2022)
- Notice of opportunity to respond to petitions for reconsideration of water quality certification for Merced River Hydroelectric Project and Merced Falls Hydroelectric Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project Nos. 2179 and 2467). - October 17, 2022
- State Water Board released a final water quality certification and final initial study/negative declaration for the Phoenix Hydroelectric Project. (August 25, 2022)
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