Cannabis Growers Have Until Oct. 31 to File Water Source Documents with State

A bill just signed by California Governor Jerry Brown extended the deadline for cannabis growers to file documentation of their water source to October 31, 2017. 
 
The new deadlines are specific to growers who plan to submit their growing license application to CalCannabis before January 1, 2019.
 
According to a message from the State Water Resources Control Board:
 
If you currently have a Small Irrigation Use Registration (SIUR), Permit, License, or plan on filing for an SIUR, the statutory deadlines below do not apply to you, but you will need to include appropriate documentation of your water right in your CalCannabis application.
 
If water is already being diverted under a riparian water right claim, an Initial Statement of Diversion and Use must be on file with the Division of Water Rights (Division) on or before October 31, 2017
 
A pending application to appropriate water must be on file with the Division on or before October 31, 2017
 
If you plan to divert and use water under a riparian right and no diversion has occurred in any calendar year between January 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017, then Form 19332.2 (b)(5) must be on file with the Division on or before October 31, 2017
 
If your water diversion is from a spring that does NOT flow off the property on which it is located, and the aggregate diversions do not exceed 25 acre-feet in any year, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019
 
If your source is a groundwater well in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura counties that extracts more than 25 acre-feet in a year and a notice is on file with the State Water Board for the recordation of groundwater extractions and diversion, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019
 
If your diversion is regulated by a Watermaster appointed by the Department of Water Resources and included in annual reports filed with a court or the State Water Board by a Watermaster, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019. The annual reports must identify the persons who divert water and describe the general purposes and the place, the use, and the quantity of water that has been diverted from each source. 
 
If your diversion is included in annual reports filed with the court or State Water Board by a Watermaster appointed by a court or filed pursuant to statute to administer a final judgment determining rights to water, then Form 19332.2 (b)(4) must be on file with the Division on or before January 1, 2019. The reports must identify the persons who have diverted water and give the general place of use and the quantity that has been diverted from each source. 
 
The State Water Board is developing an online portal for cannabis cultivators to submit their SIUR filings, make payments, and obtain water right registration certificates. The online portal will be available in late 2017. SIURs are a faster alternative to applying for and obtaining a traditional water right permit. SIURs will allow cannabis cultivators to store water off-stream in tanks or ponds; water storage is not permissible under riparian water right claims.
 
If you are unsure of your water source category, or need further assistance, please visit our Cannabis Cultivation Water Rights webpage or contact the Cannabis Registration Unit at (916) 319-9427.
 
Source: Message from the State Water Resources Control Board released October 3, 2017.
 

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