Whitman County Superior Court Rules in Favor or Washington State University in Water Rights Appeal

Published Nov 11, 2011

Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier issued a ruling affirming the Pollution Control Hearings Board in Cornelius, et al. v. Washington Dept. of Ecology, et al., Whitman County Superior Court No. 08-2-00181-2, an Administrative Procedures Act appeal involving water rights held by Washington State University to serve its Pullman Campus on November 3, 2011.

The petitioners’ central claim was that the 2003 Municipal Water Law was unconstitutionally applied to the University’s water rights in this case.  The Superior Court agreed with the arguments by Washington State University and rejected the petitioners’ challenge. Tupper Mack Wells attorney Sarah Mack served as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing Washington State University.  For more information, contact Sarah Mack at mack@tmw-law.com.

  • To view the Superior Court decision, click here.
  • To view the PCHB April 2008 final order, click here.
  • To view the PCHB January 2008 summary judgment decision, click here.