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News Posted on May 8, 2014

Professor Frank Comments for Daily Journal on Agricultural Water Rights

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ‘74 commented for the Daily Journal on the legal battle over a State Water Resources Control Board regulation declaring  that spraying vineyards with water to prevent frost damage violates the state constitution's ban on waste and unreasonable use of water. The Board and growers in the Russian River Valley are currently litigating the issue in a state appellate court, with the growers arguing that the Board exceeded its authority in banning the practice.

"For many years the California courts have interpreted [the reasonable use doctrine] as an overarching principle affecting all water rights," said Frank. "It really goes to the essence of the Board's regulatory authority."

Frank, a 1974 graduate of King Hall, is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.