Water Law

  • Representing two regional water agencies in Southern California in obtaining water rights to storm water sufficient to supply a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants.
  • Successfully defending a proposed permit revocation by the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Regularly serving as counsel for water districts and water companies selling water from the Sacramento Valley to areas south of the Delta.
  • Advising a Southern California water district in relation to overdraft conditions without commencing a groundwater adjudication.
  • Representing a group of more than 20 farmers in a stream adjudication of more than 2,000 parties involving riparian, appropriative, and groundwater issues.
  • Representing a vineyard in Sonoma County in connection with its application for rights to water in streams flowing through the property.
  • Negotiating a purchase by a Bay Area municipal water supplier of a State Water Project entitlement from an agricultural water district in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Negotiating an agreement between San Joaquin Valley cities and an irrigation district to finance and construct a water treatment facility which will supply municipal and industrial users with water previously used for agricultural purposes.
  • Negotiating a water transfer from a Sacramento Valley mutual water company to a California State Water Project customer, the largest ever of its kind in.
  • Representing a groundwater management district in litigation to protect the rights of the overlying landowners from prescriptive claims by multiple cities.
  • Advising public agencies on the design, financing, permitting and construction of major fish screening projects on the Sacramento River.

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