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Regulating Groundwater in California: Will Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Change the Landscape?

“The history of California is written on its waters. . . .” These words by California appellate justice Ronald B. Robie in State Water Resources Control Board Cases reflect the state’s reputation for epic water wars, past and...

Liquid Gold or Water for Pecans? Valuation of Groundwater in Regulatory Takings Law

In 2012, the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day reversed 100 years of state water law by changing the principle that establishes groundwater ownership rights from a “rule of capture” to a rule of...

Vapor Intrusion: The State of the Science and the Law

Vapor intrusion—migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building—is now part of nearly every site investigation and many real estate transactions. As the science of vapor intrusion...

Walkerton: Its Impact on Groundwater Protection Law in Canada

In May 2000, the unthinkable happened; individuals living in Canada became ill, some fatally, from drinking tap water contaminated with a toxic strain of Escherichia coli (e-coli).1 Walkerton, a small...

The European Community Environmental Legal System

Editors' Summary: Serious environmental problems, rising environmental activism, and growing European Community (EC) power have produced important and ambitious environmental initiatives from the EC, as well as increased attention...