Supreme Court Delivers a Muddy Decision on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

June 20, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melinda Kassen, 303-579-5453 Steve Moyer, 703-284-9406 Supreme Court Delivers a Muddy Decision on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Arlington, Va. – Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a confusing decision that may expose thousands of miles of streams to harmful activities. The Court reversed a lower court ruling that … Continue reading “Supreme Court Delivers a Muddy Decision on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction”

Ruling Favors Rivers Over Power Dams

The Supreme Court says states may protect the waterways by requiring a steady flow at hydroelectric plants, which tend to harness it. By David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer May 16, 2006 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sided with the environment over electric power Monday, ruling that state regulators may require a steady flow of … Continue reading “Ruling Favors Rivers Over Power Dams”

Use Permit Limiting Extraction of Groundwater Was Not a Taking

A conditional use permit limiting a landowner’s right to use groundwater underlying his property was not a compensable taking. Allegretti & Company v. Imperial County, Case No. D045156 (April 26, 2006). Imperial County issued a conditional use permit allowing Allegretti to re-drill an inactive well on a 2,400-acre parcel subject to the condition that total … Continue reading “Use Permit Limiting Extraction of Groundwater Was Not a Taking”