Water rights records stored at the Merced County courthouse. Photo by Leigh Bernacchi
Currently, legal records pertaining to California water rights are housed as 10 million pages of paper files at the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The records are not indexed for search by author, date, or topics, and records for pre-1914 water rights are scattered throughout 58 county courthouses and other repositories. Thus, the SWRCB and stakeholders cannot effectively review legal records necessary to evaluate relative priorities among water rights in a given watershed, to resolve conflicts or to manage shortages.
Meanwhile, SB 88 enables the SWRCB to require real-time reporting of water use and diversion data by water users. The Board will only enforce this requirement, however, if it is able to effectively assimilate and analyze the data collected.
An accurate accounting of water rights will empower more effective and sustainable management of statewide water resources. A goal of the proposed water information system is to provide enabling capacity for decision making informed by real-time data in an era in which California frequently faces systemic shortages and conflicts.
contact us if you would like more information, or if you would like to be involved in a stakeholder process as we examine the potential to make this idea a reality.
As Tesla briefly surpassed GM as the most valuable automaker in the US last week,
Ethan Elkind joined
KQED Forum for a discussion of the future of electric vehicles and the barriers to their broader implementation.
A course for international law students co-taught byJordan Diamond examines how sub-national entities can play a greater role in achieving our collective climate goals and is discussed on Capital Public Radio.
On ourLegal Planet blog,Prof. Eric Biber writes about what California may be able to do to retain public ownership of federal lands in an administration that looks more favorably on private ownership.
2017 ELQ Annual Banquet
Near the end of each school year, the members of Berkeley Law's student-run environmental law journal, Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ), host a banquet to honor the graduating class of environmental law students, announce awards for excellence in student writing, and officially transition the leadership of the journal.
In addition, ELQ presents the Environmental Achievement Award to a distinguished leader in the field. This year's recipient, Mr. John Cruden, provided passionate remarks on the history of the environmental movement in the United States and advice on how to unite to battle the unprecedented environmental challenges we face today.
We hope to see you next year at the 2018 Banquet!
Speaker and Environmental Achievement Award recipient John Cruden stands alongside CLEE Executive Director Jordan Diamond and ELQ leadership Taylor Ann Whittemore '17 (co-EIC), Caitlin Brown '17 (co-EIC), and Melanie Ramey '17 (Managing Editor).
The reception area begins to fill up at the International House auditorium before the banquet
Wil Mumby '18 receives the Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger Land Use & Local Government Writing Award, presented by Heather Minner '07
Jordan Diamond '08 catches up with ELQ's founding Editor-in-Chief Bill Chamberlain '71 at the banquet reception
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