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Drought

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts - Washington Post - Apr 28 - President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore...more

New Forecast in California: An End to the Drought (For Now!) in Most Counties

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On April 7th, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that lifts the drought emergency in fifty-four of the fifty-eight California counties. After six years of a prolonged drought in California, Executive Order B-40-17...more

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released - Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

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Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language...more

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

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The State Water Resources Control Board released this week a formal proposal to extend the emergency statewide drought regulations that have been in effect for California in various forms since early 2015. Cities, counties,...more

Top Five Issues to Watch in Arizona Water Law

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Drought on the Colorado River. Although the winter snowpack in the Rockies is off to a good start and California has seen heavy rainfall this winter, the drought in the southwest is not over. One wet season cannot overcome...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on...more

Drought Emergency Regulations Extended Again

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Despite objections from many water suppliers that drought conditions have ended, the State Water Resources Control Board this week voted unanimously to extend emergency water conservation regulations throughout California....more

[Webinar] Come Rain or Come Shine, Conservation is a California Way of Life - February 23rd, 1:00pm PST

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Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of the impacts of record-setting winter storms on the statewide drought emergency and on the push to make conservation a “California Way of Life.” This webinar for CLE credit*...more

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

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Despite plentiful rain and snow across much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering extending its emergency drought regulations in early February. During a public workshop in Sacramento on...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to hear Clean Water Act jurisdictional dispute - Reuters - Jan 13 - The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to resolve a dispute over which court should...more

A Rise in the Tides for Water Infrastructure

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It’s been a productive time for advocates of water in the U.S. with President Obama signing into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN). WIIN includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016...more

President Signs Sweeping Water Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Woes and to Aid Parched California

On Friday, President Obama signed S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, a bipartisan bill authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to execute water infrastructure projects. The...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Stanford unveils innovative solar generating station - Stanford News Service - Dec 5 - It was a cold, blustery day in Rosamond, California, but spirits were high in a...more

Maine utility water supply inquiry

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As Maine utility regulators consider how drought and other factors affect water utility supplies, staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have again requested comments and information on water supply emergencies and...more

Endangered Fish v. Humans: The Fight Over Competing Water Needs

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The struggle to allocate scarce water resources between endangered and threatened fish and humans is not new. But droughts in the Southwest, which lower stream flows, and population increases, which raise demand, have...more

Drought and state water utility regulation

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As drought affects parts of the U.S., some state regulators have expressed concerns over whether shortages will cause water supply emergencies for water utilities. A recent Notice of Inquiry issued by the Maine Public...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs into law two landmark climate bills - San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed SB32, the nation’s toughest climate law,...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2016 Environmental and Land Use Seminar - September 13th, Costa Mesa, CA

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Join us for our annual Environmental and Land Use Law Update! This complimentary morning seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environment and land use issues, including...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

Does California Bear A Water “Windfall” From Deep-Aquifer Sources?

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Stanford University released a study this week stating that California has three times more useable groundwater located in deep aquifers than previously estimated. This might come as welcome news to a state that continues to...more

State Water Board Nixes Flawed “One Size Fits All” Conservation Mandates

On May 18, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted new emergency conservation regulations that repeal and replace its prior drought regulations. The new regulations, which are...more

Senate Hears Testimony on Senator Feinstein’s Emergency Drought Relief Bill

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On May, 17, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Energy held hearings on a number of pending bills, including S. 2533, sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The...more

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

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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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Some emergency drought rules might be eased - Los Angeles Times - May 9 - Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Monday laid out a revised...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - How cities are taking the lead on green building - Wall Street Journal - Apr 28 - Cities in the U.S. are leading the way on climate and energy policies—especially policies...more

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