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  • 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

SGMA Implementation and CEQA: Is Now the Time to Reconsider a Statutory Exemption?

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which requires local agencies to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to adopt Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) to ensure sustainable groundwater management in all high- ... Read More

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Rules for Bureau of Reclamation in City of Fresno Case Challenging 2014 Deliveries to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors

On June 6, 2022, the United States Court of Federal Claims issued a decision in City of Fresno, et al. v. United States and San Luis & Delta Mendota Water ... Read More

Third District Court of Appeal Rejects CEQA Challenge to Project Converting Open Ditch to Pipe, Providing Valuable Guidance Regarding the Analysis of Indirect and Wildfire Impacts

A recent decision by the Third District Court of Appeal upholding El Dorado Irrigation District’s (EID) environmental document for a ditch piping project will provide helpful guidance to water agencies ... Read More

New California Laws Coming into Effect on January 1, 2022

The California Legislature passed approximately 900 bills in 2021, of which 770 were signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Many of these bills relate to water, land use, local governance, and ... Read More

Delta Curtailments Update: California State Water Resources Control Board’s Emergency Regulations Are Adopted; Curtailment Orders Issued to 4,500 Delta Water Users

As discussed in our July 28, 2021, Policy Alert, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently adopted the Draft Emergency Reporting and Curtailment Regulation (Regulation), to authorize curtailments of water ... Read More


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


  • California