Two Law Review Articles, Written by Debbie Leonard, are Cited in Briefs to the United States Supreme Court in the Case of Coachella Valley Water District v. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
The petitioners seek review of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case and ask the Supreme Court to address the scope of state power to regulate groundwater when there are competing claims for water to support federally created reservations. The State of Nevada and other states filed a brief in support of the petition, arguing that the Ninth Circuit’s determination that federal law preempted state groundwater regulation would have a profound adverse effect on Nevada’s ability to manage its groundwater resources according to the doctrine of prior appropriation.
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