Tribal Water Ruling Hurts Landowners, Justices Told

Law360, New York (August 11, 2017, 7:51 PM EDT) -- A California-based legal foundation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a petition by two water agencies challenging a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ federal water rights include groundwater, saying the decision could vaporize the groundwater rights of nonfederal water users.

Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit that supports limited government and private property rights, said in an amicus brief that petitions by the Coachella Valley Water District and The Desert Water Agency regarding the circuit court’s March decision...
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