California Water Resources
Please click on the links below for copies of the class assignments in Word and pdf formats, as well as links to other readings.
I will post additional assignments as they are updated.
August 20th: Introduction
Assignment 1: Introduction
August 22nd & 27th : An Historical Overview of the Development
and Use of Water in California
Assignment 2: An Overview and History of California
Water Resources Development
August 29th : The Riparian System
Assignment 3: The Historical Development of the Law of Riparian Rights
September 3rd : The Riparian System
Assignment 4: The Modern Law of Riparian Rights
September 5th: Prior Appropriation
Assignment 5: Introduction to the Law of Prior Appropriation
September 10th: Modern Appropriation Systems
Assignment 6: Elements of the Modern Law of Prior Appropriation
and a First Look at the Doctrine of Reasonable Use
September 12th: The Reasonable Use Doctrine
Assignment 7: Evolution of the Doctrine of Reasonable Use
in California Water Law: 1855-1967
September 17th: The Reasonable Use Doctrine
Assignment 8: Joslin v. Marin Municipal Water District and the
Modern Era in California Water Law
September 19th: The Reasonable Use Doctrine
Assignment 9: The Doctrine of Waste and Unreasonable Use
September 24th: Modern Water Rights Administration
Assignment 10: The Permit System and the Role of the
California State Water Resources Control Board
September 26th: No Class
We will not have class today, as I will be giving a lecture at Stanford University.
We will have a two-hour makeup session, however, from 9:40-11:50 on Wednesday,
October 1st, which is a "Stretch Day."
October 1st: Prescriptive Rights in a Modern Administrative System
Assgnment 11: Prescriptive Rights
October 3rd: Statutory Adjudications and Dormant Riparian Rights
Assgnment 12: The Statutory Adjudication and the
Problem of Dormant Riparian Rights
October 8th: The Public Trust Doctrine and the Mono Lake Litigation
Assgnment 13: The Public Trust Doctrine as a Limitation on Water Rights:
National Audubon Society v. Superior Court
October 10th: Section 5937 and the Restoration of Mono Lake
and the San Joaquin River
Assgnment 14: The Restoration of Mono Lake and the San Joaquin River:
Section 5937 of the Fish and Game Code
October 15th: No Class
We will not have class today, as I have been called for jury duty.
October 17th: Instream Appropriative Water Rights
Assgnment 15: Instream Water Rights and Other Protections for In Situ Uses
October 22nd: Groundwater Rights
Assignment 16: Introduction to the Law of Groundwater
October 24th: Groundwater Rights
Assignment 17: The Los Angeles Groundwater Adjudication
October 29th: Groundwater Rights
Assignment 18: The Mojave Basin Adjudication and the
Future of California (Ground) Water Rights Law
October 31st: No Class
We will not have class today, as the school is closed because of the city-wide celebration of the
Giants' World Series Victory!
November 5th: Groundwater Rights
There is no additional reading for today.
November 7th: Water Transfers
Assignment 19: Introduction to the Law of Water Transfers
November 12th: Water Transfers
Assignment 20: The Imperial Irrigation-Metropolitan Water District
Water Transfer and Beyond
Assignment 21: Water Transfers: Enlightened Environmentalism
or Fear and Loathing of the Market?
November 14th: The Bay-Delta Controversy
Both of these final assignments are optional reading.
Assignment 22: The Bay-Delta Controversy:
United States v. State Water Resources Control Board
Assignment 23: The Bay-Delta Controversy:
SWRCB Hearings and the Rise of Federal Authority Over California Water Policy
November 19th: Final Class
Ellen Hanak and Jeff Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California will join us for a
wide-ranging discussion of the present and future challenges of California water resources policy.