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PG&E Announces Changes to Future Potter Valley Project Operations


Curtailment Orders Rescinded for the Russian River Watershed

Effective immediately, the Deputy Director for the Division of Water Rights (Division) is rescinding all curtailment orders issued pursuant to the drought emergency regulation in the Russian River watershed. In June 2022, the Division of Water Rights issued “Orders Regarding Curtailment Status” to each water right holder in the Russian River watershed. The orders required water right holders to monitor a “Curtailment Status List” and stop or reduce diversions when the list showed their water right was curtailed. Following the Governor’s recent Executive Order (N-5-23), and in consideration of reservoir storage conditions and continued precipitation throughout the region, the curtailment orders are no longer needed in the Russian River Watershed.

As a result of this rescission, water right holders will no longer be subject to the curtailment requirements under the drought emergency regulation, such as checking curtailment status, restrictions on riparian diversions, and reporting for human health and safety exceptions. Please note that this rescission does not eliminate or pause ongoing or pending enforcement actions and related settlements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Water Rights at or (916) 341-5318.

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