CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Reasonable Use or Waste: A Developing Dichotomy

Panel discussion explores the evolution of the doctrine of reasonable use and considers how the doctrine will, or will not, be applied in the future Could ornamental lawns in California be one day considered an unreasonable use?  How about evapotranspiration rates of some crops? Instream flows?  And if a use is found to be unreasonable, is the conserved water up […]

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PANEL: Legal issues associated with water conservation mandates

As the legislature contemplates how to “Make Conservation a California Way of Life”, a panel discusses some of the legal issues posed: How do mandates interplay with Reasonable Use? Could mandates be considered a takings?  And what about charter cities? In May of 2016, the Governor issued an executive order titled “Making Conservation a California Way of Life” directing the […]

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Guest commentary: Using the Reasonable Use Doctrine to restrict riparian water use

Commentary by Craig Wilson, the first Delta Watermaster and former Chief Counsel to State Water Board: The Governor recently stated that we need to step it up regarding responses to the epic drought that continues in California.  He then issued an unprecedented Emergency Order mandating urban water use reductions.   Yesterday the state Water Board issued an Order to implement this […]

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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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California Water Law Symposium: Harrison “Hap” Dunning and John Leshy on California’s Reasonable Use Law

Lawyers discuss the history and importance of reasonable use law, and ponder its future use The California Water Law Symposium, now in its eleventh year, is a unique collaboration among Northern California law school students that focuses on discussion and analysis of California water issues by leading water law and experts.  At the symposium, six panels tackled a variety of […]

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