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Tracking Trump’s Appointments

As the six month mark of President Trump’s time in office approaches, there are still a number of positions he has yet to formally nominate or the Senate has yet to confirm. There are approximately 1,200 positions that...more

Trump’s Water Resources Budget Requests

Below is a chart that shows President Trump’s water resources budget requests for the next fiscal year for the three major agencies: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency....more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding what President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan will be. What is certain is that: 1.) things will move quickly in Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks and 2.) now is the time...more

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies - Last week, the nation experienced an election unlike any other in history. A major party candidate broke with his party’s governing philosophies, yet led that...more

Looking Ahead: Federal Drought Response

Unsurprisingly, 2016 will be all about the elections. And like most election years, especially presidential elections, the majority of legislation brought up for a vote will be “messaging bills” that members can use to...more

Water Infrastructure Funding

New water infrastructure projects have limited options for federal funding. Under the U.S. House of Representatives earmark ban, Title XVI funding is limited to currently authorized projects and is subject to yearly...more

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard

New Federal Bill for Transportation Funding on the Road to Passage - As we previously reported on our blog, Congress is racing toward an Oct. 29 expiration date for federal surface transportation programs critical...more

Sixth Circuit Issues Nationwide Stay of EPA Waters of the United States Regulation

The Stay Follows A Preliminary Injunction Issued Against the Clean Water Rule in August - In an unexpected move and while still deciding if it has jurisdiction to hear the matter, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today...more

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service - Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. Government Relations Services team is monitoring an urgent issue now being considered by the...more

Drought: Congressional State of Play at the End of the Fiscal Year

A number of proposals aimed at addressing the California drought were introduced this Congress. Two bills in particular, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, and S. 1894, the California Emergency...more

Dead in the Water: The Western Water and American Food Security Act

The Western Water and American Food Security Act was — and is — pre-ordained to fail. It exacerbates the split within California over drought response, takes on the always controversial Endangered Species Act and, thereby,...more

The Impact of the California Drought on Water Agencies and Treatment Districts

Best Best & Krieger LLP water attorney and managing partner, Eric Garner and John Freshman, senior director of governmental affairs, recently attended a meeting of Southern California water suppliers and water treatment...more

Legislative Water Update

Conversations Among Federal Lawmakers May Lead to New Water Legislation - A number of conversations are occurring in the U.S. House of Representatives, and between the House and the U.S. Senate (particularly Rep. David...more

Changes in Congress Affect California Water Interests

Last week’s Midterm elections shifted the political landscape toward the Republicans as they captured the majority in the Senate and increased their votes in the House....more

December 3 Deadline for Submitting Federal Water Projects

Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) authorized flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects to help upgrade the nation’s aging infrastructure. A key WRRDA provision requires local project...more

Highlights from the Build America P3 Infrastructure Investment Summit

Note: This is an update to our prior posts tracking the Administration unveiling of its plan to deploy approximately $50 billion dollars of private capital designated for improved U.S. infrastructure The Obama...more

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

EPA Proposes Change to Clean Water Act Rule and Definition of the Term “Waters of the U.S.”

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposed rule changes related to the Clean Water Act and the definition of the term “Waters of the United States.” If adopted, it is believed they will greatly expand...more

Developments in Water Law : EPA Extends Comment Period on Waters of the U.S. and President Signs Water Resources Reform and...

EPA Extends Comment Period on Waters of the U.S. - Additional Time to Provide Comments on EPA Rulemaking - The Environmental Protection Agency extended the comment period on the Waters of the United States...more

WIFIA: New $350 Million Water Project Federal Financing Program

After seven years of effort, Congress passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. President Obama is poised to add his signature. This is a vitally important piece of legislation for BB&K clients and...more

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