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Mono Lake at 20: Past, Present and Future
Byron Sher Auditorium, State Water Resources Control Board
Sacramento, CA
November 17, 2014


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Session 1. Retrospective on Mono Lake Cases

What motivated the Mono Lake Cases?  Which of the legal, political, and physical factors drove the cases,
and specifically, contributed to the creative approaches to squaring water supply and public trust?  Why were the cases a turning point in California water law?

Session 2. Outlook for Mono Lake and its Creeks

What progress has been made to restore public trust uses of Mono Lake and its tributary creeks?
How well have the monitoring programs worked to inform adaptive management of the flow schedules and other restoration measures?
What does the future hold for the Mono Basin?  How will the 2013 Settlement affect the continued implementation of D-1631?

Session 3. Implications of Changes since 1994 in California’s Water Rights System

Following the Mono Lake Cases, how have the SWRCB and courts implemented this precedent in regulating other existing water rights or granting new rights?
How well is the water rights system working to manage conflicts between beneficial uses?

Session 4. Applications at Greater Scale and Complexity

The Mono Lake Cases involved a single water right holder controlling the affected waters.
Does the precedent of these cases work effectively in the much greater scale and complexity of the Central Valley and other watersheds in the State?  If so, how?
Is the public trust doctrine a useful authority to address climate change and other non-stationary stressors for our aquatic ecosystems?

Remembering Joseph Sax

We honor Professor Joe Sax, whose scholarship contributed greatly to the development of the public trust doctrine.