UC to offer more training for water diverters

Mar 11, 2019 at 12:00pm

Tim Hearden, Western Farm Press

University of California advisors are offering two more courses to teach landowners with rights to divert water from rivers and streams how to install their own devices to measure and report their diversions.

The April 4 courses in Redding and Woodland will clarify water reporting requirements for ranches, offer opinions on which meters work best in different situations and teach participants how to determine measurement equipment accuracy, according to the UC Cooperative Extension.

The rules now require annual reporting of surface water diversions rather than every three years, and landowners can no longer avoid the mandate by claiming an economic hardship. Those who divert more than 100 acre-feet per year were ordered to hire a licensed engineer to install a water-measuring device by Jan. 1 or July 1, 2018, depending on the size of the diversion. Smaller diverters had to begin measuring and reporting their water use by Jan. 1, 2019. Larger diverters had to comply by earlier deadlines, on Jan. 1 and July 1, 2017, respectively.

This year's classes will be held April 4 at the following locations:

- Shasta College Farm in Redding – Register by completing the form at http://ceshasta.ucanr.edu,  emailing Forero at lcforero@ucanr.edu or Sara Jaimes at sbjaimes@ucanr.edu, or by calling the UCCE office in Shasta County at (530) 224-4900. Training will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m.

- Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland – Register at http://cecapitolcorridor.ucanr.edu or by emailing Morgan Doran at mpdoran@ucanr.edu or calling the UCCE office in Yolo County at (530) 666-8143. Training will begin at 2 p.m. and should conclude by 5 p.m.

Click here to get more information on these courses.