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Water Board Fines Trinity County Residents For Water Diversions

A large fine has been levied against a Trinity County couple after the State Water Resources Control Board says they falsified some documents. Louis and Darcy Chacon have a farm and ranch on Price Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River. They have for years been diverting water legally to irrigate their crops and water their livestock. To do so, the Chacons are required to file paperwork with the state. Between 2009 and 2013 they reported monthly amounts of storage and/or use of over One Trillion Acre-Feet. State officials have not said why it took them four years to catch the error, even though the amount exceeds the volume of all the water on the planet earth. When told of the inaccuracy, the Chacons revised their paperwork to show more than 21,000 acre-feet, which is still beyond a reasonable amount, according to the water board. A $10,000 fine imposed against the Chacons can be reduced if they fix their paperwork, hire someone to show them how to do it correctly, and install a measuring device