A federal judge has cleared the way for water transfers from
Northern California to the thirsty south San Joaquin Valley,
overruling environmentalists who argued the transfers would harm
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency,
Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal
“special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers,
who passed that rate on to customers.
The Rainbow Municipal Water District, which is the focus of a
takeover bid by the larger Fallbrook Public Utilities District
(FPUD), has filed a claim against FPUD saying its attempt to
absorb Rainbow constitutes a breach of contract.
It looks as if the last oyster may finally be shucked at the
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. by the end of December, judging by what
both sides in the long legal fight over the future of the farm
said in federal court Monday. Then again, maybe not.
If the Salinas Valley moves into a fourth year of drought, issues
surrounding water are likely to get very, very complicated, an
attorney explained to growers and students Thursday at an
agricultural technology “clinic” in Greenfield.
The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle
over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens
of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary
testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large
water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
A state appeals court has restored the authority of California
water regulators to direct reductions in cold-weather sprays by
grape growers and other waterfront farmers along the Russian
River that have led to deaths of endangered species of salmon.
“Former Monterey County water board member Steve Collins has
filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county,
California American Water and top officials in connection with
his dual role on the failed regional desalination project.”
“A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal District Court for the
Eastern District of California against the U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation, stating a proposed package of San Luis and Delta
Mendota Water Authority transfers require a full environmental
impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.”
“The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in
North Carolina can’t sue a company that contaminated their
drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a
decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in
similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to
“A point-counterpoint debate about whether one size fits all and
the federal role in managing regional water resources took added
significance Thursday during an American Bar Association
water-law conference at a casino in drought-threatened Las