Brown Bag Seminar:

Webinar: Plaintiffs Pursue Application Of California Area of Origin Law That Would Require Priority Allocations Of CVP And SWP Contract Supply to Area of Origin Contractors

Event Information


Friday, December 2, 2011


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Attendees can attend via webinar or in person at:

400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
Sacramento, CA

MCLE Credit:

1 Hour

Sponsored By:

Natural Resources Subsection of the State Bar Association's Real Property Section


Daniel J. O'Hanlon

Jennifer Spaletta

Program Overview:

Join the Natural Resources subsection for an informative presentation by Jennifer Spaletta and Daniel J. O’Hanlon regarding current litigation on California area of origin law. Event participants will learn about pending efforts in state and federal court to apply California area of statutes to give priority deliveries of CVP and SWP water supplies to area of origin users.

In addition to a brief overview of California area of origin law and its historical applications, participants will hear about Solano County Water Agency v. Department of Water Resources, currently pending in Sacramento Superior Court. In this litigation, Solano County Water Agency and other agencies who serve water to northern California communities located in areas of origin have filed suit against the California Department of Water Resources. Counsel for plaintiffs will be on hand to explain arguments for having DWR operate the State Water Project to give Plaintiffs a priority to their full SWP contract supplies before exporting water south.

Similar arguments in the federal litigation, Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority v. U.S. Department of Interior, will be discussed by council for defendant-intervenors in that case. In federal court, plaintiffs sought and were denied an operation of the Central Valley Project that will give priority allocations to area of origin users before water is exported south of the Delta. This matter is currently on appeal.


To sign up for the webinar, please visit the State Bar's website

To sign up to attend in person, please email Lindsey Ono