California-Nevada Water Marketing Issues

by Jeanine Jones, California Dep of Water Resources, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands (H²AL)


Many California local agency interests tend to oppose, at least initially, transfers of water across the stateline to Nevada, and have been to some extent successful in creating provisions to limit or restrain transfers. Methods available include addressing transfers in federal legislation or court decrees, and formation of local ground water management districts to provide some degree of regulation absent other statewide controls. While a federal court decision has held that states cannot arbitrarily restrict the transfer of water across their boundaries, the conditions under which a transfer may occur can still be constrained by, for example, an environmental review process. Consent between a willing buyer and willing seller is not the only condition necessary for a successful water transfer, but regulatory and political concerns must be satisfied as well.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Marketing | Water rights | Water supply | Management methods | Federal government | Groundwater management | United States | California | Nevada

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