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Legislation Update: Governor Signs Groundwater Bills

On September 16, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the package of bills regulating groundwater that we recently wrote about here. The Governor’s press release announcing the signing outlines the following deadlines triggered...more

California Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines

Grant Program Assists Public Agencies with Water Efficiency Projects - The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - New high-speed train route approved despite 'unavoidable' effects in Valley: The Fresno Bee - May 12: The California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a section of rail line from...more

Department of Water Resources Releases Report on State of Groundwater Resources

Report Shows Groundwater Basins with Impending Water Shortages and Gaps in Monitoring - A report released by the California Department of Water Resources concludes that groundwater levels throughout the state have...more

California Adopts New General Industrial Storm Water Permit

On April 1, 2014, after 12 years of drafts, public comments and deliberations, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) adopted a new General Industrial Storm Water Permit (“General Permit”), which...more

Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Draft EIR Released for Public Comment: Greatest Habitat Restoration Plan Ever or Pork Barrel...

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), an ecosystem plan designed to restore habitat and help endangered fish species recover while also keeping water flowing to customers through construction of the proposed water tunnel...more

State Water Resources Control Board May Prevent Illegal Diversions Of Water, Even If Diverter Claims Riparian Or Pre-1914...

In Young v. State Water Resources Control Board (--- Cal.App.4th ----, Cal.App. 3 Dist., August 4, 2013), a California court of appeal considered whether the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) has the...more

DWR Increases 2013 State Water Project Allocation to 40 Percent

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which had previously announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) contract allocation of 30 percent on November 29, 2012, increased that allocation on December 21, 2012 to...more

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