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Water allocation under state law

Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann

The Tenth Circuit held that Oklahoma statutes that favor in-state water appropriation permit applicants over out-of-state permit applicants do not violate the Commerce Clause. The case arose after a Texas water district sought permits...

Klamath Irrigation District v. United States

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a lower court decision dismissing breach of contract, takings, and Klamath River Basin Compact claims brought against the U.S. government by agricultural landowners and water, drainage, and...

Barstow, City of v. Mojave Water Agency

The court holds that a trial court erred in resolving water right priorities in an overdrafted basin with a "physical solution" that relies on the equitable apportionment doctrine but does not consider the affected owners' legal rights...

Upper Black Squirrel Creek Ground Water Management Dist. v. Goss

The court holds that a groundwater management district, rather than the state water commission, has the authority to issue or refuse to issue well withdrawal curtailment orders within management district boundaries. An individual well...