Department of Water Resources

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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

District Court Declines to Provide Injunctive Relief for Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier in the California Bay-Delta

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, finding the plaintiff failed to establish that an emergency...more

Update on California Water Legislation Regarding Groundwater, Recycled Water and More

June 5, 2015 marked the deadline for lawmakers to pass bills out of their house to the opposite house. Bills that did not pass in their house of origin by that date have effectively died (unless such a bill has been...more

Lawsuit Filed Over State Water Board’s Temporary Modification of Water Quality Objectives

Consistent with Governor Brown’s Drought Proclamation and Executive Orders, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) sought and obtained a temporary modification of certain...more

California Groundwater Users Face Unpredictable Legal Frontier

In 2014, for the first time in its 164-year history, California enacted a law that comprehensively regulates the extraction and use of the state’s groundwater. This legislative action came against the dramatic backdrop of...more

California Water Leaders Testify at Capitol on Water Bond

Earlier this week, California’s water leaders testified during an informational hearing at the Capitol before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife about the new $7.5 billion water bond....more

AB 1739; SB 1168, 1319: Groundwater Management

With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014, California is on the verge of a seismic shift in how the state manages and regulates extraction of groundwater. Until now, the right to extract and use...more

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

Groundwater Basin Boundaries and Priorities Will Impose New Management Challenges on Local Agencies

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires that the Department of Water Resources categorize each of California’s 515 alluvial groundwater basins and subbasins as high, medium, low, or...more

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

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