A coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water is representing the coalition in the lawsuit. Find out more here.
California Water Governance
Thanks to generous support from the Pisces Foundation and in partnership with Stanford University, Earth Law Center's latest paper on California Water Governance in the 21st Century can be downloaded by clicking the report cover below.
"Built for an earlier era, California’s water allocation system is near the breaking point. Vast amounts of increasingly precious freshwater move through a network of storage and conveyance facilities for delivery to distant farms and cities that hold a hodge-podge of historic water use 'rights.' The result of this ad hoc system is both rampant inefficiency and growing inequality." Read more from the Executive Summary.
As the next step in the years of work defending California's waterways, here is our most recent comment letter to the California State Water Resources Control Board to add a list of hydrologically impaired waterways to the 2014 and 2016 Reports. Comment letters are an effective mechanism to advocate for the adoption of sound policy and regulations. See previous comment letters here.