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  • A Guide to California Water Right Appropriations

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    A Guide to California Water Right Appropriations

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 2000...
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    A guide to California's water right permit process written by the State Water Resources Control Board, dated January 2000. TABLE OF CONTENTS California...

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  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream in California.

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    SWIFT Working Group, American Rivers, Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Scott River Water Trust, River Right, Alford Environmental | March 1, 2016...
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    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream...

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  • A Research Guide to California Water Law

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    A Research Guide to California Water Law

    Loyola Law School | February 21, 2017...
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    California water law is a complex subject. It is governed by both state and federal law, and is part property law and part...

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  • Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

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    Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California | November 11, 2015...
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    California’s water allocation system hampers its ability to meet the state’s needs, especially in times of drought. At its heart is an unusually...

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  • Applying the Public Trust Doctrine to River Protection

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    Applying the Public Trust Doctrine to River Protection

    Department of Water Resources | June 9, 2004...
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    The public trust is an ancient doctrine, stemming from Roman law. The Institutes of Justinian state that “by natural law, these things are...

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  • Appropriative Water Rights in California: Background and Issues

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    Appropriative Water Rights in California: Background and Issues

    State Water Resources Control Board | May 1, 1977...
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    This paper is part of a series of background and issue papers prepared by the staff of the Governor's Commission to Review California...

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  • Authority and Effectiveness of the State Water Resources Control Board

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    Authority and Effectiveness of the State Water Resources Control Board

    Delta Vision | July 1, 2008...
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    This report addresses issues related to the effectiveness of the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board” or “Board”) in carrying out...

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  • California’s Area of Origin Laws

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    California’s Area of Origin Laws

    State Water Resources Control Board | April 8, 2013...
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    California’s Area of Origin Laws have long been in the background of the State’s major water issues. They were enacted 50-80 years ago,...

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  • Chronology of major litigation involving the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project

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    Chronology of major litigation involving the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project

    Department of Water Resources | January 1, 2013...
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    A chronology of major litigation involving the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project from 1950 to 2007.

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  • Clearer Structure, Cleaner Water: Improving Performance and Outcomes at the State Water Boards

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    Clearer Structure, Cleaner Water: Improving Performance and Outcomes at the State Water Boards

    Little Hoover Commission | January 1, 2009...
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    The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday urged the governor and the Legislature to reform the State Water Resources Control Board and nine Regional...

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  • Governor’s Commission to Review California Water Rights Law: Final Report

    Governor’s Commission to Review California Water Rights Law: Final Report

    State Water Resources Control Board | December 22, 1978...
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    The Final Report of the Governor's Commission to Review Water Rights Law, dated 12/22/1978.  The report contains the Commission's analysis of existing California...

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  • Groundwater Pumping Allocations under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: Considerations for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

    Groundwater Pumping Allocations under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: Considerations for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

    Environmental Defense Fund | July 1, 2018...
    Summary

    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) became law on January 1, 2015, forever changing the manner in which groundwater will be managed in...

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  • Improving Water Right Enforcement Authority

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    Improving Water Right Enforcement Authority

    State Water Resources Control Board | April 5, 2012...
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    The State Water Board’s enforcement authority for water right is inconsistent with its broad enforcement authority over water quality matters. The recommendations contained...

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  • Indian Water Rights Settlements

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    Indian Water Rights Settlements

    Congressional Research Service | March 27, 2017...
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    In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government pursued a policy of confining Indian tribes to reservations. These reservations were...

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  • Information Pertaining to Water Rights in California

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    Information Pertaining to Water Rights in California

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 2000...
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    A handbook on water rights produced by the State Water Resources Control Board, dated January 2000. TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction General Information Pertaining...

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  • Judicial Missteps, Legislative Dysfunction, and the Public Trust Doctrine: Can two wrongs make it right?

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    Judicial Missteps, Legislative Dysfunction, and the Public Trust Doctrine: Can two wrongs make it right?

    Harvard Law | December 19, 2015...
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    Professor Joseph Sax’s environmental law scholarship has inspired generations of lawyers and legal scholars, including my very first law review publication in 1987,...

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  • Legal Aspects of Instream Water Uses in California: Background and Issues

    Legal Aspects of Instream Water Uses in California: Background and Issues

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 1978...
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    This paper is part of a series of background and issue papers prepared by the staff of the Governor's Commission to Review California...

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  • Local Groundwater Withdrawal Permitting Laws in the South?Western U.S.: California in Comparative Context

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    Local Groundwater Withdrawal Permitting Laws in the South?Western U.S.: California in Comparative Context

    Groundwater, National Ground Water Association (NGWA) | December 13, 2016...
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    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) aims to control, for the first time in California's history, the state's significant use and depletion of...

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  • Local Water Governance in the Delta

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    Local Water Governance in the Delta

    State Water Resources Control Board | April 8, 2014...
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    As the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta (Delta) evolved from an historic tidally-influenced marshland to a diverse agricultural region, local water governance structures also...

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  • Memo: Issues Related to Overlap between Pre-1914 and Riparian Water Right Claims in the Delta

    Memo: Issues Related to Overlap between Pre-1914 and Riparian Water Right Claims in the Delta

    California State Water Resources Control Board | December 15, 2017...
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    To: Michael Patrick George, Delta Watermaster From: Micah Green, Water Rights Analyst Re: Issues Related to Overlap between Pre-1914 and Riparian Water Right...

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