California Appeals Court OKs Groundwater Extraction Fee, Overturns $4.6M Refund

Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 1:43 PM EDT) -- SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California appeals panel on March 26 upheld groundwater extraction fees charged by a county water district to a water company, overturning a trial court’s $4.62 million refund (Great Oaks Water Company v. Santa Clara Valley Water District, No. H035260, Calif. App., 6th Dist.).

(Opinion available. Document #95-150409-006Z.)

Great Oaks Water Co. owns and operates 19 wells on property it owns within the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Because of the overdrafting of groundwater, the Santa Clara County Water District Act created...
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