CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: An overview of California water rights

California water law is complex, governed by both state and federal law, part property law and part environmental law. Adding to this complexity is the existence of a large number of federal, state and local agencies which play a role in the allocation and management of the state’s water resources. At the 2019 California Water Law Symposium, Professor Dave Owen […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Questions of common supply: SGMA requirements for interconnected surface water and groundwater

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, is California’s first statewide law that explicitly reflects the fact that surface water and groundwater are frequently interconnected and that groundwater management can impact groundwater-dependent ecosystems, surface water flows, and the beneficial uses of those flows. SGMA requires groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) to manage groundwater to avoid six undesirable results, one […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Utilization of Water Transfers to Recharge Groundwater Basins

Water transfers can be an effective water management tool for providing much-needed flexibility in the allocation and use of water in California.  Water transfers occur for a variety of purposes, including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses; water may also be transferred for environmental purposes such as in-stream flow augmentation and wildlife refuges.  Transfers are particularly useful for meeting critical needs […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Lawyers discuss the Cal Water Fix change petition process at the State Water Board

To implement the California Water Fix project, the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Water Resources must obtain the State Water Board’s approval of petitions to change certain elements of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) water right permits and licenses, including most notably adding new points of diversion. The WaterFix hearing process is predicted to […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: The future of Delta management

Panel at the California Water Law Symposium features Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak, Phil Isenberg, and Erik Vink The Delta is many things to California: It is the largest estuary on the West Coast and is home to hundreds of species, both native and non-native; it is a productive agricultural region; it is a popular recreation area for boaters and for […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Chuck Bonham on going big in the Delta

“Water is an issue where we need to reach farther, dig deeper, and dream dreams, particularly when it comes to the uncertainty ahead and the challenges in the Bay Delta,” he says For the past 150 years, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay have undergone a series of man-made alterations, turning what was once a vast mosaic of […]

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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Panel at the California Water Law Symposium explores the issues and potential conflicts around implementation of groundwater management at the local agency level In the face of severe ongoing drought, many farmers and communities have turned to groundwater basins to supplement or replace their unavailable surface water supplies,. with disastrous results in some cases.  Over-pumping of groundwater has depleted aquifers, […]

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Justice Ronald B. Robie on California’s “New Normal”

Justice Robie’s keynote address to law symposium focuses on California’s water rights system and the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Justice Ronald Robie began by noting the title of the conference, ‘The New Normal’, saying that he thought it an appropriate way of looking at where we are today. “I’ve been involved with these issues for a long […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Advancements and Challenges of Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Since 2009

A panel discussion on agricultural water use and efficiency improvements made since the passage of the Water Conservation Act of 2009 California is the nation’s largest farm state, providing half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts, as well as adding $40 billion to the state’s GDP. Agriculture is the largest user of consumptive non-environmental water in the state, a […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Role of Reasonable Use in the Russian River Frost Protection Litigation

A panel of lawyers discusses the appeals court ruling upholding the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to regulate diversions in the Russian River watershed by riparian water rights holders for the purposes of frost protection The Russian River is California’s second largest river, flowing 110 miles through the heart of Northern California’s wine country.  The river flows from the […]

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