News Release: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Challenge to Santa Maria Groundwater Plan
From Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K):
“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to the Santa Maria groundwater basin plan, ending 16 years of litigation over the issue and ensuring long-term water supplies for the city and a large portion of the Central Coast.
“Last November, the management plan for the groundwater basin was validated by a state appellate court. After the California Supreme Court later refused to hear the case, some landowners upset with the appellate decision petitioned the nation’s highest court, which on Oct. 7 declined to review whether a state court had the power to allocate water from a federal reclamation project contrary to federal irrigation preference. …
“Eric Garner, a water rights attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP who has handled the case for the city from the beginning, said the question at issue before the Supreme Court was the allocation of water from the Twitchell Reclamation project, a key reservoir in the region.”