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The Water Nazi’s Are Back

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Here on the Left Coast of the US, in the People’s Republic of California, the Water-Nazi’s are back at work attempting to usurp the riparian rights which have been in existence since before this was actually a state.

The Hydro-Nazi’s, who are commonly known as the State Water Resources Control Board have given the people of the state of California until April 7, 2017 to offer “public comments” on what amounts to a vast take over of the property of every citizen in the state of California who has a well on their property.

At the Hydro-Nazi website is what they have titled “A Draft Emergency Regulation for State Intervention Fees” Yes, that is how it reads, not only are the Hydro-Nazi’s ging to take control of our wells, they now intend to charge a n annual fee for the right to pump water out of the ground under our property!. $300 is the number the Hydro-Nazi’s are suggesting they will start with.

All of this is done under the authority they granted to themselves under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA,) At this point in time, the groundwater management plan the State has decided on implementing will go into effect on July 1, 2017. We The People have until Aprl 7, 2017 to offer comments on the plan. Does anyone who reads this actually believe the State is going to listen to what we have to say?

Does anyone believe the State will back down from implementing their draconian control measures if We The People are righteously indignant about being forced to add a meter between our well and our house?

Would any rational person believe the State is going to overlook this chance to charge an annual $300 fee on every well owner in the State? (if you do, you’ve bumped your head)

On top of the annual fee, there will also be usage fees put in place for those who dare to steal the water which obviously belongs to the State of California. At the fees schedule website is the full legal mumbo jumbo which explains when and how much each well owner,  who also has to file an annual report, will be expected to pay to the State. An excerpt follows.

Section XXXX.1 Annual Fee Schedule. Except as provided in section XXX.1, any person required to file a report shall submit to the board an annual fee in accordance with the following schedule: (a) For persons required to file a report pursuant to Water Code section 5202(a)(2) who are not required to file a report pursuant to Water Code section 5202(a)(1): (1) The annual fee is $300 per well plus one of the following volumetric charges:

(A) $10 per acre-foot of groundwater extracted during the preceding water year if the person uses a meter to measure groundwater extractions and certifies on a form provided by the Board that the measurements were made using a meter. (B) $25 per acre-foot of groundwater extracted during the preceding water year if the person does not use a meter to measure groundwater extractions or fails to certify on a form provided by the Board that the measurements were made using a meter.

Please note that the above charges and circumstances are not the end of the intrusion into our property rights. If we fail to toe the line and don’t file the report on time, there is an additional “annual fee” which is 25% of the initial fee.

In the spirit of magnanimity  though, the State Hydro-Nazi’s have decided the additional fee should not exceed $1,200 for any one year. Generous of them don’t you think?

Section XXXX.2 Exceptions. The following exceptions to section XXX.1 applies for annual fees for the water year ending September 30, 2017, for which the annual fee will be one of the following: (a) For persons extracting groundwater in an area that is within the management area of an agency by September 30, 2017, the annual fee is waived. (b) For persons not subject to subdivision (a)(1), the annual fee is $300 per well with no additional volumetric charge. (c) For persons who fail to file a report by December 15, 2017, the annual fee shall include an additional charge of $100, plus $100 for each 30-day period after December 15, 2017 in which the report has not been filed. In no case shall the additional charge exceed $1,200.

The overbearing Hydro-Nazi’s are so generous in their own minds I’m sure they see this list of exceptions as some sort of ameliorative measure to keep us in thrall of their abundant care and concern for We The People.

I’m afraid however, they have sorely misjudged us in Northern California. If ever there was an impetus to move faster in the search for a route to seceding from the Sacramento Morons and to begin the journey to freedom in the Great State of Jefferson, then perhaps we’ve found that impetus.

Is it possible this is what it will take to prod every Northern Californian to join the effort to exercise our right to self-governance?

Is this what it takes to move forward toward a representative government?

Is it possible this is why we  need to reassert our demand to be represented, rather than to be controlled by self-righteous loonies from Southern California?

That would be the same group of geniuses who built a city (LA) in the middle of a desert and decided it would be OK to drain the water from Northern California to support the idiotic plan.

For those wishing to offer comments to the Hydro-Nazi Water Board, the email address is: These must be presented in PDF format and shall not exceed 15mb.

For those who would prefer to send an actual letter to the Hydro-Nazi Water Board the address is:

Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board

State Water Resources Control Board

1001 I Street, 24th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814

All comments must be received no later than  12:00 Noon on Friday April 7, 2017.


Written by Gar Swaffar

March 26, 2017 at 3:17 am

Posted in Re-Thinking

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  1. Gar, things only get worse in CA don’t they? I see this as an infringement of one’s property’s rights. The fees are ridiculous and over bearing. Why should you guys pay that for well water for bloody sake? I sure feel for all of you who are subjected to this. I had read that Brown was going to enforce draconian measures in the guise of “climate change”. But who would have thought of this one?


    March 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    • The measures about to be put into place were never widely disseminated by the culpable media outlets here in the peoples Republic of Cali. 9 out of 10 folks walking down the street in this (admittedly) rural community have no idea what they’re about to be hit with.

      I knew it because: a) I manage the crews in a couple of the Ca. Dept. of Water (DWR) contracts where I work. b) I stay informed as much as possible.However, the portion of the “Emergency Regulations” being enacted were never part of the scope of contract, and somehow the DWR forgot to mention them until just very recently.

      Gov Moonbeam ascribes to the typical position as noted by Rahm “Deadfish” Emmanuel – “Never let a crisis go to waste”, although Rahm was paraphrasing Saul Alinsky.

      And I will note that it is going to get worse before it gets better. My only real hope here is for the51st Great State of Jefferson to rise from the ashes of my home state.

      Gar Swaffar

      March 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      • You definitely need a rebellion in the Kalifornica


        March 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

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