Environmental Law

Envt'l Law News Fall 2016, Vol. 25, No. 2

California Groundwater Management: Laboratories of Local Implementation or State Command and Control?

by David R.E. Aladjem and Meredith E. Nikkel*

David R.E. Aladjem

Meredith E. Nikkel

The controversy over local or unified governance was debated before the formation of the United States, and continues today. In The Federalist No. 46, James Madison rejects fears that establishment of a federal government would result in "a meditated and consequential annihilation of the State governments" and argues that the "federal and State governments are in fact but different agents and trustees of the people, constituted with different powers, and designed for different purposes."1

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