Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

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California State Water Board Extends Public Comment Period for Wetlands Policy; New Permits Likely to be Required

Public Comments Due Aug.18 - The State Water Board recently held a public hearing on controversial proposed amendments to the California Ocean Plan and the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed...more

7/28/2016 - Clean Water Act Comment Period Inland Waterways Public Hearing State Water Boards Wetlands

California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations

Public Comments Due July 29th - The State Water Resources Control Board recently released a series of revisions to its proposed Drinking Water Fee Regulations. The revised regulations make a series of amendments to the...more

7/21/2016 - Comment Period Fees Proposed Amendments Safe Drinking Water Act Water Resources Control Board

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

Key Principle: Sustainable Management Through Local Efforts - The California Water Commission unanimously adopted a demanding set of regulations to govern the creation and implementation of groundwater sustainability...more

5/23/2016 - Conservation Groundwater Groundwater Management Plan SGMA Sustainability

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements - Mandatory statewide water use restrictions in California would be replaced by a more locally driven set of water...more

5/16/2016 - Agricultural Land Drought Executive Orders Jerry Brown Water Conservation Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

California State Water Board Set to Impose New Drinking Water Fees on Public Water Systems

Public Comments Due June 22 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a series of proposed regulations aimed at increasing total funding for California’s Drinking Water Program and addressing drinking water...more

5/9/2016 - Comment Period Drinking Water Safe Drinking Water Act Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

New Federal Drought Action Plan Owes a Lot to Lessons Learned in California

The Obama Administration released an action plan for long-term drought resilience that will impact the way state and local water agencies interact with the federal government on drought prevention and response efforts....more

3/28/2016 - Department of Water Resources Drought Federal Funding Groundwater Management Plan Obama Administration

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

Climate, Growth and Water Supply Adjustments Ease Conservation Burden in Some Communities - The deadline is fast approaching for urban water suppliers to apply for an adjustment to their water conservation standards...more

3/16/2016 - Filing Deadlines State Water Boards Water Conservation Water Supplies

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

Proposed Regulations Include Required Plan Elements and Criteria for State Review - The Department of Water Resources released draft emergency regulations Thursday that spell out the steps and requirements local agencies...more

2/24/2016 - Comment Period Department of Water Resources Groundwater Public Meetings SGMA Water Commissions Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Public Comments Due Jan. 28 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed regulation that will extend statewide emergency water conservation mandates through October 2016. Several key provisions could...more

1/25/2016 - Drought Utilities Sector Water Conservation Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California

Public Comments Due Jan. 6 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed regulatory framework for extending statewide emergency water conservation mandates through October 2016. The framework could result...more

12/28/2015 - Comment Period Drought Executive Orders Governor Brown Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

California State Water Board Will Hold Public Workshop on Draft Emergency Regulation for Measuring and Reporting Water Diversions

The State Water Board issued a draft emergency regulation on Monday for measuring and reporting the diversion and use of water pursuant to Senate Bill 88. The Board also recently announced it will hold a workshop in...more

12/9/2015 - Drought Emergency Management Plans Public Comment State Water Boards Surface Water Water

California's Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15

Information on Outdoor Watering and Monthly Water Production Required - By Dec. 15, all small water suppliers in California must file, for the first time, water conservation reports with the State Water Resources Control...more

12/7/2015 - Drought Reporting Requirements Water Conservation Water Supplies

Natural Resource Conservation Subject of White House Directive to Agencies

A recently released Presidential Memorandum will likely spur new policies related to development and natural resources, possibly impacting public agencies, developers and the like. “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources...more

11/20/2015 - Department of the Interior Endangered Species Act (ESA) EPA Natural Resources Presidential Directives US Fish and Wildlife Service

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall - The State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating extending the mandatory emergency water restrictions that it imposed...more

11/13/2015 - Drought Emergency Management Plans Public Comment State Water Boards Water Conservation

As El Nino Looms, State Weighs Extension of Conservation Regs

Rains have begun to return to California as El Nino emerges from the Pacific Ocean. After four years of drought, water providers throughout the state have begun to question how state government should approach conservation...more

11/13/2015 - Drought Emergency Management Plans Natural Resources State Water Boards Water Conservation Water Supplies

California Water Board Lifts Curtailment of Senior Water Rights in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday issued a notice lifting water diversion restrictions for the holders of all senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds and Delta. The Board issued the...more

11/2/2015 - Curtailment Drought Jerry Brown Water Water Diversion Water Resources Control Board Water Rights Water Supplies

California Governor Signs Bills to Streamline Groundwater Basin Adjudications to Better Harmonize with SGMA

Bills Addresses Traditional Costs and Delays in Adjudications - On October 9, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills designed to streamline groundwater basin adjudications and align them with requirements under...more

10/19/2015 - Basin Boundaries Department of Water Resources Governor Brown Groundwater Groundwater Management Plan New Legislation SGMA

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Amended

SB 13 Provides Clarifications and Revisions to SGMA - Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 13, which amends the groundbreaking Sustainable Groundwater Management Act enacted last year. The amendment streamlines certain...more

9/11/2015 - Amended Legislation Groundwater Groundwater Management Plan SGMA

Draft Guidelines for Planning Grants Released by California Department of Water Resources

Guidelines Will Drive Funding Process; Comments Due Oct. 5 - With the passage of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), California voters authorized the issuance of $7.1...more

9/5/2015 - Ballot Measures Bonds Contamination Department of Water Resources Draft Guidance Groundwater Water Conservation Water Quality Water Quality Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act

Drought: Problems Arise When Water Supply Goes Down

We’ve all heard the good news by now: Californians have slashed water usage by 31 percent — way beyond Gov. Jerry Brown’s order for a 25 percent reduction....more

9/4/2015 - Drought Groundwater Sewer Systems Water Conservation Water Quality Water Usage

Draft Basin Boundary Regulations Released

Public Comments Due Sept. 4 - The California Department of Water Resources has released draft emergency regulations governing how groundwater basin boundaries may be modified or redrawn under the state’s Sustainable...more

7/23/2015 - Basin Boundaries Comment Period Department of Water Resources Emergency Response Groundwater Groundwater Management Plan Jurisdiction Proposed Regulation SGMA

First Water Curtailment Action Filed in California

In the first of possibly many enforcement actions this year, the State Water Resource Control Board issued a draft cease-and-desist order against West Side Irrigation District in Tracy, Calif., demanding the District curb its...more

7/22/2015 - Cease and Desist Orders Due Process Enforcement Actions Fines Water Water Diversion Water Resources Control Board Water Rights

California Water Suppliers Take Steps to Meet Conservation Standards

From restrictions on yard irrigation to public awareness campaigns, California’s water suppliers are using a variety of approaches to meet mandatory water cutbacks resulting from the drought. Here are some notable examples...more

6/26/2015 - Drought Municipalities Public Utility Water Conservation Water Supplies

California Appellate Court: CDFW Notification Required for Water Diversions

Any plans to “substantially divert” water from a river or stream requires notification to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Court of Appeal found. In reversing a lower court’s decision that favored...more

6/18/2015 - Appeals Farm Bureau Inland Waterways State Department of Fish and Wildlife Water Diversion

State Board Issues Curtailment Notices of Surface Water Rights Diversions

Just as it did in 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board has issued several notices of curtailment for surface water rights holders in various watersheds because California’s extreme drought has resulted in...more

5/18/2015 - Drought Water Resources Control Board Water Rights Water Supplies

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