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LAW 414X: Policy Practicum: California Drought

Students in this Policy Lab practicum will work with the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) as part of a broad study of lessons learned from the current California drought. The overall goal of the study is to assess the functioning of various aspects of California's water management system during the current drought and to develop tools and policy recommendations to help the state survive future droughts with fewer economic and environmental impacts. California is currently in its fourth year of drought. The drought's duration, along with increased temperatures due to climate change, have combined to make it perhaps the most intense drought since we have begun keeping records. These conditions have placed enormous strains on water management systems at all levels of government. The state's water rights system (among other laws) has had to cope with unprecedented hydrologic conditions, conflicting demands for water, and data gaps. As a result, state and federal water management agencies have faced unprecedented decisions along with untested rules for making those decisions. The overall PPIC study, including the work of the practicum, will seek to evaluate the performance of the state's institutions, management systems, infrastructure, and laws during these extreme conditions in order to make recommendations to better prepare California for future droughts. The practicum will focus primarily on the California water rights system and its interaction with other laws related to water quality and aquatic species protection in the context of the ongoing drought. Issues for research include case studies of the effectiveness of different legal mechanisms for protecting streamflows and aquatic species from conditions related to extreme drought. They may also include an analysis of temporary urgency change petitions (a mechanism to temporarily suspend water quality based limitations on water rights) during the drought, including their rationale and their effects on water quality. The practicum will contribute some written analysis a series of reports to be produced by PPIC. Students will also participate in planning and holding a workshop of experts that will help shape the project and its outputs. The practicum will accept up to eight students. Elements used in grading: Written Assignments. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 3 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
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