Somach Simmons & Dunn | Attorneys at Law



  • University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 2019)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 2015)


  • California

Ellen M. Moskal
LinkedIn Bio

Ellen Moskal advises public and private clients across a range of natural resources matters, including water rights disputes, water quality enforcement actions, and air quality compliance.

Prior experience as an environmental planner, coupled with clerkships at the State Water Resources Control Board and Center for Biological Diversity, allows Ellen to offer a unique and well-rounded perspective on client projects.

While at King Hall pursuing a certificate in environmental law, Ellen participated in the Aoki Water Justice Clinic, served as an executive editor for Environs Environmental Law Journal, held board positions in three student organizations, and interned for the nonprofit Community Water Center.

In her free time, Ellen enjoys backpacking, running, cycling, and baking.

Insights and Activities

  • Panel Co-Chair, “The Future of California’s Water Infrastructure,” California Water Law Symposium, 2018
  • Symposium Chair, “Humans & Their Environment: Protecting Our Planet and Its Inhabitants” Environmental Law Society, UC Davis School of Law, 2018
  • Executive Editor, Environs Environmental Law Journal, 2017-2018

Recent Articles

Lawsuit Will Test Application of Requirement That a County Consider Public Trust Resources in Permitting Groundwater Extraction

Last month, California Coastkeeper Alliance (Coastkeeper) filed suit seeking to enjoin Sonoma County from issuing groundwater well permits until it adopts a program to consider and protect public trust resources ... Read More

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Resolution Approving State Wetland Definition and Dredge and Fill Procedures

On April 6, 2021, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) approved the application of the State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to ... Read More

Sacramento Superior Court Rejects State Water Board’s Attempt to Apply Water Quality Control Plan to Waters Not Covered by the Clean Water Act

The Sacramento County Superior Court recently issued a final decision in San Joaquin Tributaries Authority v. California State Water Resources Control Board, finding that the State Water Resources Control Board ... Read More

Appellate Court Holds Public Agencies Must Retain Internal Email Correspondence Related to CEQA Projects

On July 20, 2020, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal published an opinion that may have far-reaching consequences for public agencies conducting environmental analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act ... Read More

Term 91 Curtailments Expected; Other Water Rights Curtailments Unlikely for the Bay-Delta

During the May 5, 2020 State Water Resources Control Board Meeting, Staff and Board members provided an update on prospective water rights curtailments for 2020. First, Staff discussed the potential ... Read More


  • University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 2019)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 2015)


  • California