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 considered the petition at a September 17, 2019 Board Meeting and adopted the Draft Resolution linked below with no changes. Prior to the meeting, a written comment period was held from July 16 – August 16, 2019. Comment letters received by the Board are available upon request. If you are interested in receiving updates on this matter, please sign up for the Fresno River Adjudication email list (under the Water Rights Heading). For other questions regarding this matter, please contact the Hearings Unit by email at wr_hearing.unit@waterboards.ca.gov, or by phone at (916) 319-0960.

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