President’s weekly report — August 30, 2013

Environment & Taxes — A.B. 32 “cap and trade” hearing A hearing was held on Wednesday in Morningstar Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board, our challenge to California’s “cap and trade” auction of emissions credits for carbon dioxide.  We are arguing … Continue reading

Texas court finds agency can’t deny pecan farmers’ water rights without compensation

Last October, we related the story of Glenn and JoLynn Bragg, pecan farmers in Medina County, Texas, who suffered from a state agency’s taking of their water rights.  PLF filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting the Braggs’ argument … Continue reading

California fish and wildlife department follows PLF advice on stream flow recommendations

We have reported here and here on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to impose water diversion limits on Scott Creek in Santa Cruz County, by revising existing streamflow recommendations. Last week, PLF (joined by representatives of the … Continue reading

Breaking: government conspired to deprive Nevada rancher of property rights

Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage has been fighting the federal government for decades over his historical rights to water livestock, irrigate his ranch, and use water for domestic purposes. In the early 1990s, Hage filed a takings lawsuit in the … Continue reading

California agency appeals from order barring it from regulating water rights

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 … Continue reading

Can a wildlife agency create water that doesn’t exist?

A previous post summarizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ongoing improper effort to regulate water rights through minimum streamflow recommendations.  First the Department published the proposed restrictions for comment, then withdrew them from comment, saying that they were … Continue reading

National Agriculture Day

A friend once explained the importance of agriculture to me in a way I have never forgotten:  “Every last physical thing that you use in life, was originally either grown from the ground or dug out of it.”  Ponder that … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 8, 2012

Environment and Property Rights — Wetlands In response to our lawsuit, the Army Corps of Engineers withdrew its wetlands jurisdictional determination in Smith v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Smiths were thanked by the Corps for all the … 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