Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

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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 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 - and Infrastructure Improvement Act (Proposition 1) Drought Groundwater Sewer Systems Supply 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

Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California

State Water Resources Control Board Cites Need to Avoid Potential “Catastrophic Impacts” - The State Water Resources Control Board released revisions to its draft emergency regulations to restrict overall potable urban...more

5/4/2015 - Drought Emergency Response Executive Orders Jerry Brown Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process Water Conservation Water Resources Control Board Water Supplies

State Board Issues Notice of Potential Curtailment of Surface Water Rights Diversions

Recent Rainfall Not Enough to Stop Drought Emergency Measures - Despite some rainfall and the temporary lifting of certain 2014 surface water curtailment notices during the fall, the drought emergency in California...more

1/28/2015 - Curtailment Drought Water Resources Control Board Water Rights Water Supplies

New Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization

Public Agencies Wishing to Dispute Basin Prioritization or Boundaries Should Submit Comments As Soon As Possible - Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the...more

11/19/2014 - Department of Water Resources Groundwater Legislative Agendas

Water Bond Passes Easily – But Real Work Begins Now for Public Agencies

Gov. Jerry Brown stood outside the governor’s mansion Tuesday night before cameras and supporters to accept his easily-won victory in capturing a fourth term. But it wasn’t that personal, unprecedented triumph he wanted to...more

11/7/2014 - Election Results Water Water Supplies

Ninth Circuit Upholds Delta Smelt Biological Opinion Pumping Restrictions

California Water Supplies Likely to be Impacted - In a reversal potentially impacting the water supply to millions of Californians, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a biological opinion issued by the...more

3/19/2014 - Bureau of Reclamation Delta Smelt Endangered Species Act NEPA Water

Mitigate Early and Often: Four Public Agency Strategies for Streamlining Projects

BB&K's Steven Anderson and Lucas Quass Offer Tips for Environmental Mitigation - Like private development, public projects must frequently obtain and comply with a variety of state and federal regulatory permits. Too...more

3/7/2014 - Construction Contracts Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies Mitigation Public Projects

Resurrecting the Departed: Legal Implications of Reintroducing Revived Species

The revival of animal species that have long been extinct is no longer limited to works of science fiction such as Michael Crichton’s thriller, Jurassic Park. In 2009, a Pyrenean Ibex was cloned from frozen tissue obtained...more

1/23/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings

California Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency: Declaration Calls on Water Districts and Cities to Implement Water...

Governor Jerry Brown last week issued a drought state of emergency declaration in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. The declaration, issued...more

1/22/2014 - Agricultural Workers Farms Groundwater Natural Resources State of Emergency Utilities Sector Water Supplies

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