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California Building Industry Ass'n v. State Water Resources Control Board

A California appellate court held that the state's water resources board did not violate state law when it voted 2-1 to increase water quality permit fees for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. When the board voted for the increase, two of the...

Asociacion de Gente Unida por el Agua v. Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

A California appellate court held that a water control board order that regulates waste from existing milk cow dairies violates the state's antidegradation policy. The order prohibits the further degradation of groundwater, as is...

TWC Storage, LLC v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court affirms a lower court's denial of a petition challenging a regional water board's imposition of a $25,000 fine against a company for a chemical spill on its property that infiltrated the groundwater. The...

San Joaquin River Exch. Contractors Water Auth. v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision that denied in part petitions for writ of mandate of plaintiffs, public agencies and mutual water companies, challenging certain amendments made to a water quality control...

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision upholding amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basin. Defendants presented sufficient evidence to demonstrate that Deer Creek...

In re Groundwater Cases

A California appellate court affirmed the dismissal of residents' claims against two groups of water purveyors—one regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the other a group of public entity water suppliers—...

Los Angeles, City of v. Kern, County of

A district court held that a county ordinance that bans the land application of "Los Angeles sludge" in the unincorporated areas of the county violates the Commerce Clause. The city of Los Angeles generates a large amount of sewage...

Sacramento, County of v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court upheld water quality orders issued by a regional water board requiring a county to establish limitations for coliform effluent in groundwater underlying a county-operated, youth correctional facility...

Los Angeles, City of v. Kern, County of

A district court granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a local ballot initiative that prohibits the land application of sewage treatment residues in the unincorporated areas of a county. A city that...

Arcadia, City of v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A court partially reverses a lower court judgment granting cities' petition for writ of mandate against state and regional water boards for adopting a total maximum daily load (TMDL) that established a numeric target of zero trash...