Glenn County - Tehama County - Colusa County , California.
(c) 2010, Mike Barkley (06/08/2010)

Comprehensive, Chronological INDEX of the case ; F=Filed, L=Lodged, S=Signed, R=Received

SWRCB APPLICATION A023740 - Hollis E. Reimers Case Index
[see also ]

[schedule of allowed Angle Decree usage at shows that SWRCB did not have jurisdiction to make or consider this application]

Cat 1 CORRESPONDENCE VOL. 1 OF 1 RECORD OF FOLDER [" F " - date filed if date originated not evident]

[Inside of file front cover]

Applicant: Hollis E. Reimers
Address: 560 [sic] W. County Road 200, Orland, CA 95963
Application 23740 [22776 related]
Applicant: Robert C. and Violet F. Knudsen
Received 03/30/1971
Maps Filed ; County No. 11; Fee 10
Forms Sent 04/13/1971 - 8, 8a, 8b


  • 051171 Affidavit of Posting Received
  • 070271 Permit 16257 issued
  • 061275 Report of Inspection
  • 070776 License 10693 issued & copy mailed to Glenn C.R.
  • 110395 Not of asgd Estate of Violet Knudsen
  • 030596 assigned to Hollis E. Reimers

    Record of Fees
  • Robert C. and Violet F. Knudsen, P.O. Box 3154, Chico, CA 95926 03/30/1971 $10.00

    [Inside of file back cover]

    Progress Data
    Maps filed 04/01/1971 plats 2 "A"
    Reference Map: USGS Black Butte 7.5'
    Spotted on Map 04/01/1971 H.E.W. Volume E46
    Prepared Flex Card: 04/01/1971 H.E.W.
    Cooperation U.S. Govt. - Located in: No
    In Adjudicated Area: No [wrong!]
    Watermaster Area: No [wrong!]
    Critical Watershed: Stony Creek
    Related Applications: 22776 (Same as Violet Reservoir - No. 1)
    Right of access: yes
    Conditions: Ownership
    In Form: 04/02/19714 D?B
    Notices to 14165 Glenn Colusa I.D.


    040171 Map, Knudsen on photo of part of USGS, NW 1/4 SE 1/4 S18 & NW 1/4 NW 1/4 S19 T22N R4W MDB & M
    UNDATED Maps, 3 originals on SWRCB 36 Section form, Violet reservoir placed in S18, Robert Reservoir placed in S19

    PAPERS "BOUND" IN FILE (re-sorted in date order):


    033071 F Application to Appropriate Unappropriated Water; 2 unnamed streams, Hambright Creek thence Stony Creek; 10 a-f/a, 11/01 - 03/31; 1) Stockwatering 660 feet north of SW corner of NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 S 18, in NW 1/4 SE 1/4 S18 T22N R4W MDM; 2) S 1250 feet and E 550 feet from NW corner S19 T22N R4W, in NW 1/4 NW 1/4 S19, in Glenn; 1) 12 feet high, 125 feet long, 2 foot freeboard, of Clay, gravel & concrete; 2) 12 feet height, 150 feet long, 2 foot freeboard, same material; name 1) Violet, 2) Robert; estimated cost $800.00 completed by 11/1972, use by 12/01/1973; stockwatering, 2,000 head of sheep; wildlife will have a place to get water, reservoirs will be stocked with catfish and bass, feed dogfood to the fish, no other protection of wildlife needed.
  • 033071 note attached, OK to file, $10, fee in full

    033171 form letter Spencer Div WRights to Knudsen; received ap, assigned #23740
    041371 letter Spencer/Supervisor, Northern Region to Knudsen; 3 copies of ap enclosed & form for posting; post by 05/03/1971 & proof of posting by 05/24/1971
    041371 Notice of Application to Appropriate Water;
  • mailing list on back, 15 parties

    041471 return receipt cards
    041371 letter Spencer/Supervisor, Northern Region to Postmaster/Orland; please post
    041371 memo SWRCB to Carnahan/CRWQC Central Valley Region; request for comments on checklist form; all "No"
  • 041371 Notice of Application to Appropriate Water, another copy

    051071 Statement of Posting Notice; 2 different places on the county road next to the reservoirs [?]
    062571 letter Spencer/Northern Region to Knudsen; ap, approved, $10 within 10 days
    062971 envelope Knudsen to SWRCB; 06/30/1971 "Rec'd $20.00 ck B?D"?
  • 062971 "Hand To" note Knudsen to Spencer/Supervisor; $10.00

    033071 F Application to Appropriate Unappropriated Water; work copy
    052471 Check for Permit
    UNDATED Staff Recommendation for Water Right Permit
    070271 Permit for Diversion and Use of Water;
    070271 letter Spencer/Northern Region to Knudsen; permit enclosed, etc.


    110572 Progress Report by Permittee for 1972; finished; use not commenced, 1200 head of sheep; went dry, never filled since being built; did not spill, no water; "Lease with sheep man cancelled. Released to cattle man, who will not put any cattle on property until there is some feed and water. Water from early rain covers half [to p. 2] the bottom of Robert Reservoir to around 10 inches deep; lake Violet dried up and I lost a lot of my catfish. Friends and I caught quite a few then I asked the game warden to seign [?] so as not lose all the fish. After I saw signs that they had been to the reservoir a friend and I still caught catfish. I them had a friend fish and they caught 12. After that the reservoir dried up and I counted the remains of around 100 fish mostly bluegill, and one fish 1-1/2 foot long & 10 inches wide (Crappie or Bass) which missed the wardens seine. I'll say the wardens did a lousy job, after I had spent over $100.00 feeding these fish over the years. It is my estimate that it will take at least 5 or 6 inches of steady rain to fill the reservoirs that this application calls for. /s/ R.Knudsen; P.S. When this reservoir fills I will try to remember to write you of such."


    101573 Progress Report by Permittee for 1973; "Work completed by Walter Steuben in 1971 at a cost of $287.50"; used Jan - May; spilled this year, down 10 feet end of season; "Ranch leased to Jack McKinzey of Red Bluff, who runs 250 head of cattle on the property. During summer months Cattle are taken to the mountains. Since Lake "Robert" installed and fillled with water, I have noticed (2) new deer trailes [sic] leading to it, so deer are also using the reservoir. /s/ RCK."


    112574 Progress Report by Permittee for 1974; "Reservoir built by the late Walter Steuben in Feb. 1971 at a cost of $289.50"; stockwatering 250 steers; used all months except June - Oct.; spilled this year; "I was there two weeks ago and water was 30' long 20' wide & 3' deep."; "Ranch leased to McKenzie & [garbled] for cattle. I was at the ranch two weeks ago and noted the light rains so far have not raised the water level much if any. As stated, the water at bottom of Lake Robert was 30 ft long 20 ft wide & about 3 feet deep. Lessee had not brought cattle down from mountains as yet, so up to now water is being used by deer and ducks."


    061275 Report of Inspection, by C.H. Dabney with Mr. Knudsen; recommend 5.6 AF/annum; determined, "pacing distances...for area and use of hand level and rod for H from spillway crest to toe of dam." [to p. 2] "Cattle drink from the reservoir"; not wasteful, use "common in the area", 100 head; Other Rights: Ap 22776 "is storage for reservoir for 4.5 AF - Violet Reservoir #1. This filing is for excess storage of 3.1 AF in #1 and 2.5 AF in Robert Reservoir #2. No outlet pipe but permittee said he would provide means for releasing water when requested by the Board." [to p. 3] 2.5 AF; Violet 3.1 AF, total 5.6 AF to license; photo downstream towards dam, reservoir fairly full [to p. 4] "Remarks. This is the only reservoir the permittee has in a 1400 acre piece of land. He plans on constructing another dam in the near future, and forms for filing on it were left with Mr. Knudsen as well forms for filing on the excess capacity in this reservoir of 3 acre-feet. [para] The outlet pipe clause was brought to the attention of the permittee, and he said that if required by the WRCB he would provide some means for releasing water from the reservoir."
  • 051170 hand-drawn map of reservoir, Ap 22776 , 7.6 AF, permit 4.5 AF
  • 040171 on photo of portion of USGS map, both reservoirs located [same as loose map in back of file]

    071475 Request for License;
    070271 Permit for Diversion and Use of Water; another copy
  • 040171 on photo of portion of USGS map, both reservoirs located [same as loose map in back of file], third copy, marked "License Map"

    071475 Request for License; another copy


    040776 Check for License;
    070276 Staff Reccomendation Re: Issuance of Water Right License;
    070676 License for Diversion and Use of Water;
    070776 certification of License


    120278 Report of Licensee for 1976, 1977, 1978; used every month except June - Sept; spilled 1977 & 1978, not 1976; 1976 at max 10 ft below spillway; end of season 12 ft down each year; stock 200 head white face; other: "all months water for wild life - deer - dove - squirrels, etc."; "in 1976 a drought year we had a freak Cloud Burst that filled the reservoir up full in early spring. [para] In 1977 we also had a freak storm in early spring that filled the reservoir 3/4 feet full. As stated when there are no cattle on land during June July Aug & Sept. the water is used by wild life including deear, doves, ducks, squirrels, etc."


    121481 Report of Licensee for 1979, 1980, 1981; used every month except May - Oct; spilled 1979 & 80, not 81, 5' down end of season; 300 yearling cattle; conservation: "new cement lining and overflow cost 900.00";
    121481 letter violet Knudsen to whom it may concern; "My husband at 87 yuears is having trouble with his eye sight, So I his wife is asking him the questions and I am writing the answers down for him. [para] My husband and a friend visit the ranch often. [para] The ranch is just the same, not been sold and has been leased to the same cattleman the last few years. The renter puts his cattle in Nov. until May 1st The water is used by deer, doves and other wild life the year round. [para] The reservoir named Violet is in good shape and remains the same.


    121584 Report of Licensee for 1982, 1983, 1984; used every month except Apr - Oct; 250 cattle; "only water used is for livestock"


    120587 Report of Licensee for 1985, 1986, 1987; used every month except Apr - Oct; 250 cattle; "only water used is for livestock"


    122090 Report of Licensee for 1988, 1989, 1990; used every month except Apr - Oct; spilled every year but 1990, 1990 max est 15 ft; 250 cattle; conservation: "Reservoir is in good condition"; "Water used for livestock only "


    122693 Report of Licensee for 1991, 1992, 1993; used every month except Apr - Oct; 250 cattle; conservation: "Reservoir is in good condition"; "Water used for livestock only "


    110395 letter Duff/Permit & License Unit to Jerome Peters; Mr. Knudsen passed away 1984, Mrs. Knudsen 1994, Peters is attorney/executor for her; 9644 covers first 4.5 a-f in "Violet", 10693 covers remaining 3.1 a-f plus 2.5 a-f in "Robert"


    022796 letter Reimers to SWRB; Aps 22776 & 23740 assigned to her as of 12/28/1995
  • 122895 Assignment, Knudsen trust to Holly Reimers
  • 120776 License for Diversion and Use of Water, ap 23740, another copy
    - 070776 certification of license
  • 031771 License for Diversion and Use of Water, ap 22776
  • 040171 License Map; on part of photocopy of USGS map positioning the two reservoirs; another copy

    030596 letter Okada/Permit & License Unit to Reimers; received notice of assignment


    031697 Report of Licensee for 1994, 1995, 1996; used every month except July - Sept, & June 1995; 5.6 a-f each year; spilled each year, down end of year 1994 & 6 4', 1995 5'; 250 head of cattle; recreation "Private - fishing Bird watching"


    032500 Report of Licensee for 1997, 1998, 1999; used every month except June - Sept 1997, May - Sept 1998, July - Sept 1999; spilled 1997 & 1999, not 1998, 1' down at max 1998; end of season 3' down 1997, 6' 1998, 4' 1999; 250 head of cattle, private recreation;


    030606 Report of Licensee for 2003, 2004, 2005; used every month, spilled each year, down end of season 4' 2003, 3' 2004 & 2005; 250 cows; private recreation; fire & wildlife uses


    030609 Report of Licensee for 2006, 2007, 2008; used every month except May - Sep; did not spill any year; 3' down 2006, 2' 2007, 4' 2008; end of season 5' down 2006 & 8, 4' down 2007; 250 cows/calves; recreation "Private"; other "Fire & Wildlife"

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