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ELJC Students and Professors File an Appellate Brief Arguing that Claims for Declaratory and Mandate Relief Should Be Actionable for the Water Board’s Abdication of Duty

On August 14, 2020, the Clinic filed a brief with the Third Appellate District in the Court of Appeal in the State of California, arguing that claims alleging that the State water board violated its own regulations in issuing permits governing are actionable under state law. These permits govern more than a million acres of cropland. On behalf of a diverse coalition of clients, the Clinic documents in the brief that polluted runoff from irrigated agricultural operations harms human and ecological health in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions. The water in these regions is so polluted that some communities are under “do not drink” orders – that is, residents must purchase water for domestic uses. The brief the Clinic filed was primarily researched and drafted by GGU law students, Susann Bradford, Tanner Wright, and Brea Violette. The clients are Monterey Coastkeeper, a program of The Otter Project, California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Orange County Coastkeeper, and Inland Empire Waterkeeper.