Water Rights Water Law

Water Rights and Water Law

RW&G's water law lawyers have consistently been at the forefront of water issues throughout the State of California. Specifically, as to water rights matters, our lawyers have represented public entities in virtually all of the major groundwater adjudications in Southern California from 1969 to the present, including the Central Basin of Los Angeles County, Chino Basin, Cummings Basin, Mojave River Basin, Six Basins, Upper San Gabriel Valley, Santa Maria and the Antelope Valley which is ongoing.

The Water Rights and Water Law Practice Group have extensive civil trial and appellate experience that encompasses litigation in the state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court.

RW&G serves as Special Counsel or General Counsel to numerous water agencies, including Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District, California Domestic Water Company, Indian Wells Valley Water District, Marina Coast Water District, Mission Springs Water District, Natomas Central Mutual Water Company, Nipomo Community Services District, Walnut Valley Water District, the cities of Monterey and Pasadena, Trabuco Canyon Water District, and provides advice with regard to water issues to the firm's public entity clients.

We regularly assist water districts, municipalities, industry, landowners and others requiring water rights consulting advice in all aspects of water law, including but not limited to:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Groundwater Adjudications
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Kuehl-Costa Water Supply Certifications
  • Negotiations
  • Project Construction
  • Reclaimed and Recycled Water
  • Urban Water Management Plans
  • Water Assessments, Planning and Management
  • Water Distribution
  • Water Transfers


  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • California Fish and Game Codes
  • Clean Water Act and Porter-Cologne Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Native Plant Protection Act
  • Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCP)
  • State and Federal Endangered Species Act.

We also help clients work with the agencies that administer these laws, including but not limited to:

  • California and Federal Protection Agenices
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Department of Forestry
  • Federal Bureau of Reclamation
  • Regional Water Quality Control Boards
  • State Lands Commission.

Related Practice Areas:

At RW&G we draw upon legal experience in multiple practice areas to build the best team for each of our clients. To learn more about related practice areas please select from the links below: