On March 13, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced expedited approval for the installation of storage tanks by landowners who currently divert water from coastal rivers in CDFW regions 1 & 3. Humboldt County and most of the Eel River watershed are in region 1.
According to their press release, which you can read here, the “CDFW has essentially ‘pre-approved’ the installation of storage tanks that meet the general criteria. The State Water Board has agreed to incorporate these criteria as conditions of approval, and to expedite the issuance of the registrations”
To register your small domestic use (SDU) through the expedited Emergency Tank Storage Registration program, visit the State Water Board website and download the Registration for Small Domestic Use Appropriation form (or download it here).
Once you have the form, you’ll notice at the top a new check-box to participate in the expedited program. The self certification on page 7 is also new – be sure this fill this out along with your registration. You can find the program criteria and detailed instructions for completing your form in the Process Guide attached at the end of the form. You no longer need the 1600 permit (Lake and Streambed Alteration) or a site inspection from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Scott Greacen, Executive Director for Friends of the Eel River, interviews Jane Arnold from the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the new Emergency Tank Storage Registration program, March 18 2014.