Dick Wolf

'Law & Order' creator suffers legal setback in fight to sell Central Coast groundwater

'Law & Order' creator suffers legal setback in fight to sell Central Coast groundwater

A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge has dealt a blow to “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf, tentatively siding with a local water supplier in a contentious, closely watched battle over precious Central Coast groundwater.

Wolf’s 780-acre Slippery Rock Ranch is perched atop an aquifer in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and Wolf had sought to extract water from the aquifer and sell it to cities parched by years of drought.

Attorneys for the ranch maintained that its water is derived from “confined and compartmentalized” aquifers that are “materially isolated” from the nearby Goleta Groundwater Basin — and that they could do with the water as...

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