California Water, 3rd edition
California Water, 3rd edition
Arthur L. Littleworth and Eric L. Garner

California Water, 3rd edition

Regular price $85.00
Item# WA3
  • ISBN: 978-1-938166-27-3
  • Copyright (c) 2019
  • Paperback
  • Price: $85.00

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California Water, 3rd edition is a thoroughly updated third edition of this concise guide to historical, legal and policy issues affecting water use in California. California Water, 3rd edition covers new and emerging topics, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, climate change and conservation, and features new maps of California’s major water supply systems and enhanced water quality content.


“This is the most useful reference book ever written on California water, covering the physical water system, the policies governing its management, and the laws and regulations that govern its use. This updated version contains insight into recent developments in California water policy and law, including the management response to the latest drought of 2012–2016, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and new conservation laws, the latest developments in California’s ongoing drama in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, climate change, and others. This book should be on the shelf of everyone engaged in California water, whether you are relatively new to this fascinating field or have decades of experience in trying to better manage the state’s most valuable resource.”
—Timothy Quinn,

Landreth Visiting Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies, Retired, 2007–2018


“Littleworth and Garner have achieved the impossible. They have untied California’s Gordian knot of water rights, laws, and policies and made them understandable for all. With California’s water management teetering on the edge of crisis, this timely book is critical for everyone working on and learning about the state’s challenges in an age of growing population, unsustainable water demand, and increasing climate change impacts.”
—Mark Gold,

Associate Vice Chancellor of Environment and Sustainability, UCLA


California Water remains the definitive ‘go-to’ book for analysis of California’s complex water law and policy. The 2019 update covers recent events, climate change issues and other current developments. Must reading for practitioners, it also is a handy reference to any policy manager that even touches on water-related issues.”
—Jeffrey Kightlinger,

General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

“I have worked with the authors of California Water on numerous cases which allocate and simultaneously preserve overdrafted water resources. Garner and Littleworth have brought to those cases ample scholarship mixed with creativity and common sense management solutions. Similarly, California Water provides a scholarly but clear, practical path through the arcane field of California water law.”—James L. Markman
Shareholder, Richards, Watson & Gershon


“California Water is a great and understandable one-stop location for background on California’s complex water rights system. It has good explanations ranging from 1800s water rights to the effects of current environmental requirements.”

—Terry L. Erlewine
Principal Engineer,
Provost & Pritchard Consulting
General Manager, State Water Contractors, 1994–2017


Arthur L. Littleworth has long been considered one of the preeminent water law attorneys in the United States. In his more than 50 years of legal practice at Best Best & Krieger, he participated in all aspects of water law, including representing clients in the Bay-Delta Hearings, the Mono Lake litigation and many water adjudications. In 1987, he was appointed by the United States Supreme Court as Special Master to hear a case of original jurisdiction between the States of Kansas and Colorado involving the Arkansas River. Daily Journal has named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.

Eric L. Garner practices water rights and supply law at Best Best & Krieger where he has served as the managing partner since 2005. He represents clients in surface water and groundwater matters throughout California. Eric was involved in drafting the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and testified before the state Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water on adjudication reform legislation. He was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine, one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by Daily Journal and the Water Law Lawyer of the Year in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers.



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