C-WIN's Water Rights Action Program

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C-WIN's Water Rights Action Program benefits public trust protection and reasonable use of water. Visit our Water Rights Protest archive.

Whatever results come from the state and federal governments’ Bay Delta Conservation Plan process, recent legislation in the State Legislature to "fix the Delta," the 2010 water bond, the Delta Vision Task Force process, potential permanent water transfers—they all must obtain permits from the State Water Resources Control Board.

When they do, C-WIN expects to stand before the State Water Resources Control Board to fight for public trust resources and prohibition of waste and unreasonable use of water in their activities and operations.

Our Water Rights Action Program goals are to:

  • Ratchet back over-appropriation of water as embedded in water right permits on Bay-Delta tributary streams through monitoring and challenging water rights applications before the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Establish the public interest and environmental protection as central to evidence considered by the State Water Resources Control Board in preparing its water rights orders and decisions.
  • Develop partnerships with other organizations to track and protest water right petitions threatening public trust resources, instream flows, watershed and fishery restoration efforts, and water supply security.

Learn more about the legal basis of water rights protests.

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