Will the California Supreme Court address groundwater regulation?

September 04, 2014 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

This week we submitted an amicus letter on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation urging the California Supreme Court to accept Siskiyou County’s immediate appeal from a state trial court decision.  That decision holds that the public trust doctrine extends to groundwater extraction that affects navigable waters.  The letter argues that prompt resolution of this issue is especially important now given farmers’ increased use of groundwater during the drought.