Co-Author, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 22, 2014
The public trust doctrine is often championed as a core principle of water law and policy in California and in certain other western states. But water management would benefit from constraining our reliance on the doctrine to those situations where it is both suitable and required to advance its underlying purposes. States can most effectively manage water resources through the adoption of proactive substantive laws and regulations, and by instituting the "safe-yield" principle within that comprehensive body of law, rather than the perpetuation of the public trust doctrine.
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