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O.W.L. Found. v. Rohnert Park, City of

Citation: 38 ELR 20282
No. No. A114809, (Cal. App. 1st Dist., 11/19/2008)

A California appellate court reversed a lower court order requiring a city to set aside its water supply assessment prepared in connection with its general plan for future development. The assessment need not analyze water demands and projected pumping by all others taking water from the same groundwater basin. Nor does the relevant statute specify a particular methodology for a sufficiency analysis. Rather, it affords the water supplier substantial discretion in determining how to measure groundwater sufficiency. While that discretion is not boundless, here the city acted well within its discretion in adopting the water supply assessment.