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North Kern Water Storage Dist. v. Kern Delta Water Dist.

An appellate court reversed a lower court decision concerning the forfeiture of certain previously appropriated waters of the Kern River. The parties' primary dispute concerned the theoretical entitlement of a junior user versus the...

Casitas Mun. Water Dist. v. United States

The court held that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not breach its repayment contract with a municipal water district concerning a water reclamation project on the Ventura River in California when it required the district to build a...

El Dorado Irrigation Dist. v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

A California appellate court holds that the state water board abuses its discretion in imposing certain restrictions on an irrigation district's permit to appropriate water within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed but not on...

Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency v. Amrhen

An appellate court upholds a local water agency ordinance that increases the groundwater augmentation fee to be charged to operators of wells within its jurisdiction. None of the agency board members voting for the augmentation charge...

Turlock Irrigation Dist. v. Zanker

A court affirms a lower court decision that water districts have an obligation to provide treated water to a town for domestic and other needs but that the cost of treatment may be passed along to the consumer. The water districts'...

North Gualala Water Co. v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

The court holds that the state water control board did not err in ordering a water company to obtain a permit to pump groundwater from two wells near the North Fork Gualala River. The board has permitting jurisdiction over "subterranean...

Allegretti & Co. v. Imperial, County of

A court holds that a county did not effect a physical or regulatory taking when it imposed conditions on a landowner's permit to activate a well on its property. The conditional use permit limited the landowner from extracting no more...

State Water Resources Control Bd. Cases

A court affirms, modifies, and reverses a lower court's judgments in seven coordinated cases involving the California State Water Resource Control Board's (Board's) implementation of a water quality plan in a water rights proceeding, a...

Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency v. McGrath

A California appellate court reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a local water agency in its action to recover water charges from a property owner because triable issues of fact exist concerning the amount...

Sierra Club v. West Side Irrigation Dist.

A California appellate court upheld two irrigation districts' decisions to assign water rights to a city. The districts did not improperly segment environmental review of the two assignment approvals. The assignments involved separate...