A current regulation that curtails water rights in the Russian River watershed is set to expire in July. But that may be extended due to the continuing drought.
State Water Resources Control Board officials have released a draft emergency regulation to extend the curtailments and clarify some of its requirements.
The draft includes various modifications, according to the news release, including the following: A refined water availability method that better reflects the hydrologic processes and supply situation in the watershed; the protection of water supply for fish habitat in Lower Russian River tributaries; a voluntary conservation program; and administrative improvements of curtailments and exceptions.
The draft regulation is available in PDF form at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drought/russian_river/docs/2022RussianRiverRegulationDraft_April1Release.pdf.