Water board shoots down Eel River request; state says feds have authority over PG&E’s water rights

“State water authorities have rejected a conservation group’s claim to reduce diversions from the Eel River to the Russian River and improve conditions for salmon.

The petition to the State Water Resources Control Board looked to revoke the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s water rights for the Potter Valley Project. The Friends of the Eel River claimed that the diversion to the Russian River was an “unreasonable use” of water under state law. Federal fisheries officials have actually ordered a reduction in diversions to the Russian River because salmon there have too much water.

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