Tribal Water Law and Policy Class Offered by UC Davis Extension

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As a result of tribes’ sovereign status and federally recognized water rights, they have an important place in the management and allocation of California’s water resources. While most water rights are based on state law, federal law recognizes a special type of water right commonly known as “federal reserved rights.” This right was first recognized in 1906 by the United States Supreme Court in Winters v. United States and applies to certain federal lands, including tribal reservations. Many California tribes have established reserved rights or are in the process of asserting them. This class will cover the legal foundation and policy behind Indian water rights and how these rights fit in California’s water allocation system. Students will review recent developments involving Indian water rights, including quantification through litigation and congressionally approved water rights settlement. They will also review Indian water rights issues in the Klamath, Lake Tahoe and Colorado River Basins. This unique class is a continuation of the California Water Law and Policy offered by the UC Davis Extension and would be of interest to policy executives, water and environmental officials, and tribal representatives who wish to better understand California water.