California Water II
Arthur L. Littleworth and Eric L. Garner

California Water II

Regular price $75.00

ISBN 978-1-938166-13-6

Copyright (c) 2007

NOTE: This title is available only as an eBOOK in Kindle format.


California Water II is a thoroughly updated second edition of this comprehensive, yet concise guide to historical, legal, and policy issues affecting the use of water in California. This edition is a major resource for local officials in water districts, cities, and counties as well as for lawyers, judges, engineers, planners, community leaders, environmentalists, developers, and farmers.

Among the topics covered are California water supplies, their use and development, environmental issues, water rights and regulations, the public trust doctrine, water litigation, conservation, and the law of the Colorado River. This book is not limited to all reported case decisions but does include hard-to-find, practical information.

Also addressed are such questions as: How much water does California have? Where does it come from? Are we really a water-short state? How is our water used? How much do we need? What changes in federal and state water laws have occurred in the last decade? What critical issues must environmental, urban and agricultural interests address to reconcile their competing demands for water?

The story of the long running negotiations and battles over Colorado River water is told, ending in a settlement that requires a cut-back in California uses, but allows the transfer of agricultural water from the Imperial Irrigation District to urban Southern California uses. In the Delta, the State Water Board finally set water quality standards (D-1641) that determine the amount of water that the enormous State and Federal projects can export. That State Board decision was recently generally upheld in a 173-page opinion by Justice Ronald R. Robie, in a ruling that will shape California water law and our uses of water for many years to come.

The progress of CALFED – and its lack of progress – plays a significant role in the last 10 years, and its history is discussed. Groundwater, called one of California’s “greatest natural resources,” gets a chapter of its own, dealing with groundwater storage, pollution, and the Supreme Court’s most important decision in a generation on groundwater law. Much attention is also given to the continuing clash between the use of water for fish and environmental purposes, and the diversion of water for farms and cities. The impact of the U.S. Endangered Species Act is told in detail. Finally, water transfers from agriculture to cities has emerged as a major source of supply in the last decade, and the subject is well covered.

About the Authors

Arthur Littleworth is highly regarded as a legal expert on California and national water issues and in 1990 was appointed by the United States Supreme Court as Special Master to hear the case between the states of Kansas and Colorado involving rights to the Arkansas River. In 1977 he was one of two practicing lawyers appointed tho the Governor's Commission to Review California Water Rights Law. He has tried a number of important Water Rights cases, including representing the State Water Contractors in the Bay-Delta hearing process beginning in 1987, litigating the right of East Bay Municipal Utility District to take water from the American River, establishing the right of State Water Contractors to continue levying taxes after passage of Proposition 13 to make payments for water from the State Water Project, and acting as on of the lead counsels in stream system adjudications involving thousand of parties.

Eric Garner has practiced environmental law since 1987, representing public and private clients on endangered species and other environmental and water-related issues throughout California. He has taught courses on water law for University of California Extension and has written numerous environmental articles for statewide and national publications, including the law review article “Institutional Reforms in California Groundwater Law.”

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