In the News July 16, 2015

Associated Press Quotes Ed Casey on CA Drought and Latest Water War

Regulators responding to California’s current drought are running into rights granted to farmers more than a century ago.

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a cease and desist order against farmers pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River, but those farmers are fighting back, citing water rights granted long before the state’s population exploded.

“In the water world, the pre-1914 rights were considered to be gold,” said Ed Casey, partner and co-leader of Alston & Bird’s Water Resources Group, who says the battle between the state water board and farmers “tests ... the limitations on that piece of gold.”
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