Information About Agua Caliente Lawsuit

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians filed a lawsuit on May 14, 2013 against Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency seeking to take away the public’s water use rights and prevent the agencies from delivering water to their customers. On July 5, 2017, CVWD and DWA filed petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to review the case. On Aug. 7, 2017, three amicus briefs were filed that support the water agencies. CVWD is providing the following documents to help educate customers about this important issue.

The United States Supreme Court announced on November 27, 2017 it will not review a court decision in a lawsuit that the Agua Caliente Tribe filed against Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Desert Water Agency (DWA) in 2013 seeking unprecedented rights to groundwater, superseding all other water users.  The decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, granting superior rights to groundwater to the Tribe will remain in effect.

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