John Freshman

John Freshman

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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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

10/23/2015 - Congressional Committees Infrastructure Pending Legislation Public Entities Surface Transportation

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

10/19/2015 - Clean Water Act Clean Water Rule EPA Federal Jurisdiction Order to Stay Preliminary Injunctions Rulemaking Process SCOTUS US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

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

10/12/2015 - Federal Railroad Administration GAO Legislative Agendas NTSB Railways Safety Laws

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

10/2/2015 - Drought Groundwater Management Plan Natural Resources Pending Legislation Water Supplies

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

7/20/2015 - Drought Emergency Response Endangered Species Act Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

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

7/2/2015 - Drought Recycling Utilities Sector Water Supplies

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

1/21/2015 - Delta Smelt Drought Endangered Species Act Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees National Marine Fisheries Service Storm Water US Fish and Wildlife Service Water

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

11/11/2014 - Clean Water Act Election Results Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees

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

10/13/2014 - Infrastructure Public Projects US Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Development Act WRRDA

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

9/11/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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

7/21/2014 - Infrastructure Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

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

6/24/2014 - Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA US Army Corps of Engineers Water Waters of the United States

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

6/11/2014 - Environmental Policies EPA US Army Corps of Engineers Water Water Resources Development Act Waters of the United States Wetlands WRRDA

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

5/26/2014 - Federal Funding Water Projects Water Resources Development Act WIFIA WRRDA

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