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  • 2016 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition Santa Maria Valley Management Area

    2016 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions, Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition Santa Maria Valley Management Area

    City of Santa Maria | April 13, 2017...
    Summary

    This annual report of conditions in the Santa Maria Valley Management Area, for calendar year 2016, has been prepared to meet the reporting conditions...

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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...
    Summary

    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 Legal Guide to the Public’s Rights to Access and Use of California’s Navigable Waters

    A Legal Guide to the Public’s Rights to Access and Use of California’s Navigable Waters

    California State Lands Commission | November 20, 2017...
    Summary

    In California, members of the public have rights to access and use navigable waters for many beneficial uses, including, but not limited to navigation, fishing, and recreation. These public rights are expressed in federal law, California’s Act of...

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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...
    Summary

    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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  • Accounting for California’s Water

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    Accounting for California’s Water

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | July 13, 2016...
    Summary

    Understanding California’s water balance sheet—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being “spent”—is key to effectively managing...

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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...
    Summary

    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...
    Summary

    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

    California State Water Resources Control Board | May 1, 1977...
    Summary

    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...
    Summary

    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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