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An Overview of Water Law and Policy in California

Understand the complex and contentious process of allocating California’s water resources. Gain a comprehensive overview of the legal and regulatory framework for surface water and groundwater rights, as well as the environmental laws that regulate water use. Topics include:

  • Allocation of surface water through appropriative and riparian rights
  • California's system of groundwater rights
  • Authority of the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Protecting Northern California’s area of origin laws
  • Environmental protections under the public trust doctrine, the Endangered Species Act, CEQA, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Fish and Game Code
  • California water institutions: the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Water Resources and local water agencies
  • Federal Reclamation Law and the Central Valley Project Improvement Act
  • Legal constraints on water transfers
  • Allocating interstate rivers: Colorado River Basin and Klamath River Basin
  • California's water hub: understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta and its regulatory and planning context


David Sandino, J.D., LL.M., is senior staff counsel for the California Department of Water Resources where his work focuses on water rights and environmental issues. He also serves as counsel for the California Reclamation Board. Sandino has taught water law, energy law and electricity deregulation, environmental law, and local government law at Santa Clara University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law. He received a 1999 Fulbright Fellowship under which he taught environmental law in Russia at Moscow State Academy and has authored numerous articles about water and environmental issues.


May 16: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA





Special Discounts:

10% discount for APACA Section & BIA members
10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours, 6 REHS Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning