Until further notice, CDFW will accept paper notifications for other types of contracts such as control extraction, gravel/sand/rock extraction, routine maintenance and wood harvesting. If you are considering storing water for private use and therefore need to complete a small home registration, chances are you can avoid the time and cost of filling out the LSAA notification form. When the water management department processes your completed registration form, it will send it to CDFW to check it out and set conditions for the protection of fish and wildlife. As part of this review, CDFW will generally decide whether it intends to require an LSA agreement. In many cases, the CDFW will conclude that no agreement is necessary, as the conditions it imposes on the registration of the SDU do not make the deviation «significant». As a result, non-commercial owners should generally have the SDU registration process used before completing an LSAA notification. In addition to the requirement for a type of water law, your water transportation may require a separate authorization from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), known as the Lake/Streambed Alteration (LSA) Agreement. These agreements are established in accordance with Section 1602 of the Fish and Gaming Code, which authorizes the CDFW to subject conditions for the protection of fish and wildlife to any «essential» diversion of electricity. Note that this includes many deviations from sources and wells. Online LSA notifications can be submitted via the Environmental Information Management System (EPIMS), originally introduced in 2018 for cannabis growers. With system upgrades, EPIMS is now available for all standard LSA agreements, not just those related to cannabis cultivation. Please note that «every river, stream or lake» includes those that are episodic (they are dry for periods) as well as those that are multi-year (they circulate all year round).
These include volatile streams, desert water and streams with an underground river. It may also apply to work done in the flood zone of a body of water. If you don`t store the water and you`re not sure your diversion is significant, you can try asking CDFW for advice. It may require a little perseverance to find the right local staff, but the effort is probably well spent. Step 2: Determine the notification fees sent with the completed notification form. As part of broader efforts to improve efficiency and remain paperless, the Ministry of Fisheries and Nature (CDFW) will begin accepting electronic notifications for all standard Lake and Streambed Alteration (LSA) agreements on August 1, 2020.