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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 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...
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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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  • Accounting for California’s Water

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    Accounting for California’s Water

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | July 13, 2016...
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    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...
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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 Water Reallocation: Where’d You Get That?

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    California Water Reallocation: Where’d You Get That?

    Natural Resources Journal | March 8, 2017...
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    When thirsty, Californians often avoid going to the market for more water. Instead, they might borrow some from their rich neighbors, they might...

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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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  • Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Study for California: Legal Analysis of Barriers to Adaptation for California’s Water Sector

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    Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Study for California: Legal Analysis of Barriers to Adaptation for California’s Water Sector

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
    Summary

    This project focused on the legal and institutional framework associated with California’s water rights allocation system, and identifies changes to that framework that...

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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...
    Summary

    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 Exchange Pools and Urban Water Supply Sustainability: Modeling Directed and Undirected Networks

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    Groundwater Exchange Pools and Urban Water Supply Sustainability: Modeling Directed and Undirected Networks

    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers | August 1, 2018...
    Summary

    Groundwater basins are important sources of water supply and storage for many cities. Groundwater exchange pools offer additional opportunities for utilizing these common...

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  • How are Western water districts managing groundwater basins?

    How are Western water districts managing groundwater basins?

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
    Summary

    Making the transition from open-access groundwater rights to sustainable groundwater management is a formidable task for newly formed groundwater sustainability agencies in California....

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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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  • In the Field and In the Stream: California Reasonable Use Law Applied to Water for Agriculture

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    In the Field and In the Stream: California Reasonable Use Law Applied to Water for Agriculture

    GGU Law Digital Commons | August 1, 2016...
    Summary

    When it comes to fresh water consumption in California, going forward we will need to learn to do more with less. There are...

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  • Indigenous communities, groundwater opportunities

    Indigenous communities, groundwater opportunities

    Science Magazine, American Association for the Advancement of Science | August 3, 2018...
    Summary

    Instead of managing fresh water as one integrated resource, laws frequently treat groundwater separately from more visible, monitored, and managed surface waters. One...

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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...
    Summary

    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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