Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Webinar: Current Litigation on California Area of Origin Law

On Friday, December 2, at 12:00 p.m. PST, the Natural Resources subsection of California's Real Property Law section will offer an informative presentation by Jennifer Spaletta and Daniel J. O’Hanlon regarding current litigation on California area of origin law. Event participants will learn about pending efforts in state and federal court to apply statutes to give priority deliveries of Central Valley Project and State Water Project water supplies to area of origin users.

In addition to a brief overview of California area of origin law and its historical applications, participants will hear about Solano County Water Agency v. Department of Water Resources, currently pending in Sacramento Superior Court. In this litigation, Solano County Water Agency and other agencies who serve water to northern California communities located in areas of origin filed suit against the California Department of Water Resources. Counsel for plaintiffs will be on hand to explain arguments for having DWR operate the State Water Project to give plaintiffs priority to their full contract supplies before exporting water south.

Similar arguments in the federal litigation, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority v. U.S. Department of Interior, will be discussed by counsel for defendant-intervenors in that case. In federal court, plaintiffs sought and were denied operation of the Central Valley Project that would give priority allocations to area of origin users before water is exported south of the delta. This matter is currently on appeal.

The event will be hosted at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, 400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor, Sacramento, California 95814. To attend in-person, please email Lindsey Ono at

To participate via webinar, see Origin Law.

For more information regarding this webinar, please contact Eric Adair or the KMTG attorney with whom you normally consult.

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