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November 27, 2017

Supreme Court denies review in federal reserved water rights case

The water district petitioners had asked the High Court to review the Ninth Circuit's precedent-setting decision holding that the doctrine of federal reserved water rights is not limited to surface water. ...

August 08, 2017

Are there federal reserved rights to groundwater?

That is the question being asked of the United States Supreme Court in two cert petitions filed last month, Desert Water Authority & Coachella Valley Water District v. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Succinctly, the doctrine of federal reserved water rights creates a presumption that when the federal government withdraws land from the p ...

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