Flow Requirements

The California State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency orders during a drought, which set minimum water flow requirements for three tributaries of the Sacramento River, were not unreasonable or arbitrary, an appeals court in the state ruled. The orders were necessary to protect Chinook salmon and steelhead trout — two threatened fish species.

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Contaminated Water

The United States is not a necessary party in the City of Riverside’s complaint alleging Black & Decker and other companies contaminated the city’s drinking water with perchlorate, an appeals court in California ruled, reviving a case that was stayed in federal court for several years before being dismissed by a trial court.  

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