Friant - San Joaquin River Litigation

by Charles H. Lee,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 4, Pg. 27-40

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Friant - San Joaquin River litigation in the Federal courts, popularly known as Rank versus Krug, involved a wide scope of current issues in the field of water law in the Western United States, as well as court recognition of unusual geologic and hydrologic features of a stream system and its related ground water. It is also interesting as an example of water conservation to be accomplished through an engineer's physical solution incorporated in a court order. The paper states briefly the issues, the history of the case, and highlights of the decision with striking extracts from the opinions of the district and circuit courts.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Litigation | Water conservation | Case studies | Federal government | Laws | Geology | Hydrology | United States

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