SWRCB Updates Curtailments in Multiple Watersheds
On Saturday, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted a curtailment update for the Russian River watershed due to anticipated precipitation. Curtailments have been lifted watershed-wide for all appropriative and riparian claims within the Russian River watershed. Please continue to monitor the Curtailment Status List for relevant updates.
The SWRCB has also suspended watershed-wide curtailments within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watersheds, though some subwatershed curtailments remain. Within the Sacramento River watershed, water rights are curtailed on the Cache Creek subwatershed with a priority date of 1856 or later, on the Stony Creek Subwatershed with a priority date of 1930 or later, on the Bear Creek subwatershed with a priority date of 1942 or later, on the Yuba River subwatershed with a priority date of 1961 or later and on the Putah Creek subwatershed with a priority date of between 1945 or later.
Within the San Joaquin River watershed, curtailments have been imposed on the Fresno River subwatershed for water rights with a priority date of 1914 or later and on the Chowchilla River subwatershed for water rights with a priority date of 1959 or later.
On Friday the SWRCB, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they will be holding a webinar on November 15 to address funding for farmers and ranchers impacted by drought conditions in the Scott and Shasta River Watersheds. Click here more information.
For questions about curtailment and suspension notices or assistance completing the Compliance Certification forms, please contact the Rancher Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDFW Confirms Wolf Depredation in Siskiyou County
On Tuesday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released a gray wolf depredation report describing observations of a yearling heifer cattle carcass found in Eastern Siskiyou County on October 18. The yearling’s time of death was early morning and the carcass was in sufficient condition to thoroughly investigate. There were visible tooth rake wounds on all four legs and the right flank. The wound locations and sizes were consistent with injuries to cattle attacked by wolves and wolf tracks were present, confirming this event as a wolf depredation. Though the report does not specify any particular wolves, the location in Siskiyou County suggests that the Whaleback Pack is responsible for the depredation.
Previously, on October 12, a cattle producer in Siskiyou County found a 100lb injured calf. According to CDFW, there was no evidence of wolves and injuries were consistent with a coyote attack, and the event was labeled a “Non-Wolf Depredation.”
Please fill out the survey on the CDFW Gray Wolf web page here to report evidence of wolf presence, including sightings or wolf signs.
New episode of Stories from California Cattle Country
Stories from California Cattle Country, ” R.A. Atmore & Sons Ranch in Ventura” is out now. To listen to the episode, click here. Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by The California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. If you want a glimpse into our travels, follow the podcast’s Instagram account @calcattlecountry.
TOMORROW: Central Coast Veterans on NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen
Last month, Central Coast Honor Flight took a group of veterans to Washington, D.C. for their Tour of Honor. NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen has a special “Salute to Veterans” episode airing tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 8) on RFD-TV at 5:30 PM PST. The episode will highlight the trip and the guests of honor on it, and be posted to YouTube. To learn more about Honor Flight and giving back to our veterans check out this feature in the November California Cattleman magazine.
Department of Insurance Requires Rate Discounts for Wildfire Risk Reduction
The California Department of Insurance has finalized regulations which require insurance providers to offer lower rates to property owners who take action to mitigate the risks of wildfire damaging their property. The regulation also requires insurers to provide policyholders with their “wildfire risk score or other wildfire risk classification” and to give policyholders an opportunity to appeal their classification. For more information, see the October 24 edition of Legislative Bulletin.
National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) Beef Industry Scholarship Applications Now Available for Undergraduate Students
Applications for the 2023-2024 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship are due Friday. Sponsored by the CME Group the scholarship recognizes students who play a crucial role in the future of food production. To be eligible applications must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year institution. The deadline to apply is Nov. 11, 2022 at midnight Central Time. For further information on the scholarship and to apply click here.