Western Waterways Toolkit

Earth Law Center has developed a toolkit on how to use the Clean Water Act to protect flows in the western United States, particularly with regards to the “impaired waterways” process. Email gwilson@earthlaw.org if you’d like to learn more.


A coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water is representing the coalition in the lawsuit. Find out more here.

California Water Governance

Thanks to generous support from the Pisces Foundation and in partnership with Stanford University, Earth Law Center's latest paper on California Water Governance in the 21st Century can be downloaded by clicking the report cover below.

You can also read more from the Executive Summary.

comment letters

As the next step in the years of work defending California's waterways, here is our most recent comment letter to the California State Water Resources Control Board to add a list of hydrologically impaired waterways to the 2014 and 2016 Reports. Comment letters are an effective mechanism to advocate for the adoption of sound policy and regulations. 

See previous comment letters here