Jump to Navigation
Jump to Content

Water rights

West Side Irrigation District v. California State Water Resources Control Board

A California court held that revised "curtailment letters" that the state water board sent to irrigation districts and water appropriators in the Central Valley no longer violate due process, and therefore denied the districts' motions...

West Side Irrigation District v. California State Water Resources Control Board

A California court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state water board from enforcing "curtailment letters" it sent to four irrigation districts in the Central Valley. The letters ordered the districts and various...

Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board

A California court held that the public trust doctrine protects navigable waterways from harm caused by groundwater extraction. Concerned about the management of the Scott River in northern California, environmental groups filed suit...

Quantification Settlement Agreement Cases

A California appellate court reversed and remanded a lower court decision invalidating a settlement agreement between the state and three water and irrigation agencies concerning the intra-state right to water from the Colorado River....

California Am. Water v. Seaside, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court order clarifying and enforcing a prior decision, which had defined the rights of parties interested in the production of groundwater from the Seaside Basin, by restricting a water...

In re QSA Cases

A California court voided an agreement between California and the four major Southern California water agencies (Metropolitan Water District, Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Valley Water District, and San Diego County Water...

Casitas Mun. Water Dist. v. United States

The Federal Circuit denied the U.S. government's petition to rehear a case requiring the federal government to pay a water district for diverting water to protect endangered steelhead trout. A concurring judge explained that this case,...

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

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...

Casitas Mun. Water Dist. v. United States

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and remanded in part a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the United States in a water district's breach of contract and takings suit against the government in connection with a...

California Farm Bureau Fed'n v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court reversed state agency legislation implementing emergency regulations and imposing new annual fees on holders of water right permits and licenses under California Water Code §1525. As applied through the...