DWR to Hold Listening Sessions on Agricultural Water Management Plan Requirements

July 12, 2010

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has scheduled two Public Listening Sessions regarding the agricultural water management requirements of the Water Conservation Act of 2009 (SB 7). The first will take place in Fresno on Tuesday, July 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (click here for more information). The second will take place in Sacramento on Thursday, July 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (click here for more information).

SB 7 requires agricultural water suppliers to adopt Agricultural Water Management Plans by December 31, 2012, and to update those plans by December 31, 2015, and every five years thereafter. Those agricultural water suppliers who have not already done so must begin measuring the volume of water delivered to customers and adopt a pricing structure based, at least partly, on volumetric deliveries no later than July 31, 2012. Agricultural water suppliers must also implement other "efficient water management practices" provided they are "locally cost effective and technically feasible." Beginning in 2013, agricultural water suppliers who do not meet these planning requirements will not be eligible for state water-related grants or loans.

Agricultural water suppliers should provide comments on these topics to DWR at the Public Listening Sessions. Please contact us if you have any questions about the SB 7 implementation process and how to comply with the agricultural water management mandates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following from our office, or the attorney with whom you normally consult.

Eric Robinson or Andrew Tauriainen | 916.321.4500