Environmental Law Foundation

Our Mission

We believe in protecting the environment, communities, and consumers against harmful toxics. Our work consistently improves environmental quality for those most at risk by providing access to information, strategies and enforcement of environmental, toxics, and community right-to-know laws.

Recent Events

Transparency in Groundwater Pollution Data

On March 28, 2018, ELF filed suit against the California State Water Resources Control Board, asking the court to invalidate a general permit for agriculture in the Central Valley that permits growers to keep key water quality data secret. Nitrate emitted from irrigated agriculture contaminates drinking water wells throughout the state.

Central Coast Groundwater Pollution Data Secrecy

On May 8, 2015, ELF, in cooperation with California Rural Legal Assistance and the First Amendment Project, filed a lawsuit seeking an end to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s policy of keeping groundwater pollution data secret.

On October 28, 2016, in a victory for local residents and the environment, a San Luis Obispo judge ruled that the board had improperly allowed an agricultural coalition to keep important water pollution records and data from the public.

Groundwater in California

On July 15, 2014, a Sacramento court ruled that groundwater pumping must be regulated in California to protect nearby rivers under the public trust doctrine.

Agricultural Water Efficiency

On July 11, 2014, ELF announced its intention to sue 22 California water districts if they do not come into compliance with a law requiring them to take basic steps towards water efficiency.