Water disputes in San Diego have been going on for decades. Many observers are pleased to see the end approaching for the water dispute involving the Rincon Band of Mission Indians and the federal government over water rights in and around Valley Center. The lawsuit centered on water given to the five Indian bands with reservations in the area, which was subsequently given to water agencies that eventually developed to serve Escondido and Vista. An agreement between the parties is bringing an end to a lawsuit that has gone on far too long. This is a bittersweet moment for Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of Mission Indians, who was recently quoted as saying “My biggest regret is that not one of the original people who started this is alive to see it finished.”
“We’re almost there,” Mazzetti continues. “The final step is to file in federal district court, which was done earlier this week by the City of Escondido. It had been an inactive case. Now they reopened the case. All the parties are in agreement and then the court can rule and close the case. The only thing left is to get a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license to operate the Bear Valley hydroelectric plant just below the Lake Wohlford dam.”
Are you concerned that your well is being sucked dry by a commercial interest or agricultural enterprise? While we are all thankful for the recent storms and rising reservoir levels, disputes between neighbors, individuals and entities continue over water rights and access to a continuing supply of water for the future.
The experienced water law attorneys at the Watkins Firm have decades of experience in resolving water disputes in San Diego and legal issues concerning water districts and property owners alike. We manage a wide variety of water related legal issues including but not limited to:
- Water Rights and Easements
- Water contracts between districts and agencies
- Water purchase agreements
- Water District Legal and Employment Issues
- Disputes Regarding Water Rates
- Eminent Domain and Pipeline Issues
We serve as general business counsel to many local districts and water-related business entities. We represent homeowners who become involved in water related disputes, well access and maintenance issues and other water and boundary issues. Whether you seek advice on business related and compliance issues or your are involved in water disputes in San Diego or pending litigation the experienced water law attorneys at the Watkins Firm are prepared to help. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.