Property owners are granted certain rights if the government seeks to take over their property. Knowing these rights may allow a landowner to protect their property from an improper taking.
A property dispute between the State of California and private landowners will be heard by the state Supreme Court. The state is proposing to build two water tunnels, both 40 feet in diameter, to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta so it can be used by residents in the central and southern parts of the state. Prior to building the tunnels, however, the state must conduct testing to help determine whether the project will meet its needs.