US Senator Grassley speaks on PLF client John Duarte's fight with federal wetland enforcers

February 26, 2016 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Yesterday, February 25, United States Senator Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa) took to the floor of the Senate Chamber to inform his colleagues about PLF client John Duarte’s ongoing battle against the Army Corps of Engineers over federal claims that Duarte Nursery needed an expensive and onerous federal permit simply to plow its fields. Senat ...


Another Clean Water Act power grab for the Court to consider

September 24, 2015 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Last Friday, the Supreme Court extended the deadline for the American Farm Bureau Federation to file a petition for certiorari in its case challenging the EPA’s interpretation of the Total Maximum Daily Load or “TMDL” provision of the Clean Water Act. While the details of the case–much like the Clean Water Act itself–get very ...


California agency appeals from order barring it from regulating water rights

May 10, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Last December we reported on Siskiyou County Farm Bureau’s court victory against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The Department was demanding that farmers and ranchers seek a permit under the Fish and Game Code simply to exercise their valid existing water rights, and the Farm Bureau sued to protect its members’ water ...


Siskiyou County farmers win the day in court against California Department of Fish and Game effort to regulate their water rights

December 27, 2012 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Farmers in the Scott and Shasta Valleys of California’s Siskiyou County got an early gift on Christmas Eve, when the Siskiyou County Superior Court handed down a favorable ruling in their legal battle with the California Department of Fish and Game over whether the Department can issue permits to regulate water rights in California.  The &# ...


Why do they celebrate when they take our property rights away?

July 05, 2012 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Last Friday I attended a meeting of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.  The Board unanimously approved a plan that has received both national and local coverage.  The plan will dramatically reshape property rights in California’s Central Valley. In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 5.  The bill expanded the Central V ...