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On July 2, 2014 the State Water Board approved Resolution 2014-31 adopting emergency regulations for statewide drought-related curtailment of water diversions to protect senior water rights.  Section 879(c) of the emergency regulations states:

Upon receipt of a complaint alleging interference with a water right by a riparian or pre-1914 appropriative water right holder or upon receipt of information that indicates unlawful diversions of stored water by riparians or pre-1914 appropriative water right holders, the Deputy Director may issue an order under this article requiring such water right holders to provide additional information regarding the property patent date, the date of initial appropriation, and diversions made or anticipated during the current drought year. Any water right holder receiving an order under this subdivision shall provide the requested information within five (5) days.


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