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 wr_hearing.unit@waterboards.ca.gov, or by phone at (916) 319-0960.