The Friends of the Eel River have succinctly outlined the process for online registration of Water Storge Tanks for Small Domestic Use.
Why Register Water Use?
For rural dwellers, registering water use is one of the best ways to protect future water use rights and to prevent costly governmental fines associated with unpermitted water use and storage.
Water law depends on water use permits to track and allocate water flow to users. While it is common for rural water users to forgo the permitting process, doing so puts them at risk of losing rights to water.
Why Store Water?
Throughout Northern California, in summer months, reduced river and stream flows cause water temperatures to increase and algae to bloom thus impairing the ability of fish and people to enjoy the fresh water resource.
Filling water tanks during the rainy season to store water for use during dry season is the most efficient, self reliant, and empowering means for protecting river resources.