Hearings Program: Petition for Statutory Adjudication of Water Rights in the Fresno River Watershed
On October 18, 2018, the Division of Water Rights received a petition from the Madera Irrigation District seeking to initiate a statutory adjudication of the water rights to the Fresno River and its tributaries. The petition requests that the State Water Board use its existing authorities to resolve ongoing conflicts over water rights, use, and allocations within the Fresno River watershed.
A statutory adjudication is a proceeding by which the rights to water in a stream system are determined through a State Water Board proceeding and court decree. California Water Code sections 2500-2868 and California Code of Regulations Title 23 section 946 describe the State Water Board’s process in evaluating a petition and conducting a statutory adjudication. Previous statutory adjudications conducted by the Board are listed on the Division’s Water Rights Judgments and Determinations page.
The Board will be considering the petition and the adoption of a resolution regarding the petition at a Board Meeting on September 17, 2019. Please see the Notice below for instructions on submitting a comment letter or attending the Board Meeting. A written comment period was held from July 16 – August 16, 2019. Comment letters received by the Board are available upon request. This page will continue to be updated in advance of the meeting with relevant documents. For questions regarding this matter, please contact the Hearings Unit by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (916) 319-0960.
- October 18, 2018 - Madera Irrigation District Petition for the Adjudication of Rights to the Fresno River
- July 16, 2019 - State Water Board Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Notice of Public Board Meeting
- July 16, 2019 - State Water Board Fact Sheet on the Petition for Statutory Adjudication of Water Rights in the Fresno River Watershed
- July 16, 2019 - State Water Board Letter to existing water right claimants in the Fresno River Watershed
- September 5, 2019 - State Water Board Follow-Up Letter to existing water right claimants in the Fresno River Watershed
- September 6, 2019 - State Water Board Agenda for September 17, 2019 Board Meeting
- September 6, 2019 - State Water Board Agenda Item
- September 6, 2019 - State Water Board Draft Resolution