California Court of Appeal
Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board, 083239
Held that California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), enacted in 2014, did not negate the common law public trust doctrine. Environmental groups brought this lawsuit seeking a declaration that the SGMA does not erase the common law duties of state and local authorities to consider the potential adverse impact of groundwater extraction on the Scott River, a public trust resource, when issuing well permits. Persuaded by the environmental groups' arguments, the California Third Appellate District ruled in their favor, affirming the trial court.
- Published 2018/08/29
- California Court of Appeal