Tune in to The Blaze for a drought discussion

This afternoon I’ll appear on The Blaze Network (TV & radio) to discuss how federal and state regulation are exacerbating the negative impacts of the drought, particularly on farmers, farm laborers, and others in California’s San Joaquin Valley.  The segment … Continue reading

2014: the year of the water wars?

California, and much of the west, is experiencing its third consecutive year of drought. And a recent report on the Sierra Nevada snowpack—the source of much of California’s water—found that it is only 20% of its average depth at this … Continue reading

California department of fish and wildlife backs off on limiting water diversions, for now

Last December we reported on a court victory for the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, in which the court ordered the Department of Fish and GameWildlife not to use its streambed alteration permits to regulate water diversions under valid water rights.  While … Continue reading

PLF asks Supreme Court to review constitutionality of delta smelt water cutbacks

Author: Brandon Middleton I am pleased to report that Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys petitioned the United States Supreme Court this week to review the constitutionality of the federal government's devastating delta smelt water cutbacks.  The petition (filed in Stewart & … Continue reading

Ninth Circuit rules that delta smelt water cutbacks are constitutional

Author: Brandon Middleton The Ninth Circuit issued this decision today, ruling against Pacific Legal Foundation's Commerce Clause challenge against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's delta smelt water cutbacks.  Although we are disappointed with the decision, we will continue … Continue reading