Emergency Response

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Drone on Drones: Fly into the Danger Zone

It’s wildfire season in California, a dangerous time of year made worse by the ongoing drought. Yet, another threat entirely is plaguing firefighters this year. During at least five fires over the past month, aircraft...more

California Department of Water Resources Adopts Update to the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

Cities and Counties Will be Required to Update their Existing Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances or Otherwise be Subject to the New Model Ordinance - An updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that...more

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

Dead in the Water: The Western Water and American Food Security Act

The Western Water and American Food Security Act was — and is — pre-ordained to fail. It exacerbates the split within California over drought response, takes on the always controversial Endangered Species Act and, thereby,...more

Minimizing Losses Through Business Continuity Planning

Economists have estimated that the blizzard that essentially shut down New York City this past January cost the U.S. more than a billion dollars. These losses come from a variety of sources, including loss of consumerism,...more

New California Water Restrictions Extend to Restaurants, Bars and Hotels

California is in year four of a severe drought crisis that is the worst in the state’s history. In January 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state drought emergency in California and asked state residents and businesses...more

California State Water Resources Control Board Finalizes Rules for Desalination Plants

As the drought continues across California, the State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”) has adopted its first-ever requirements for desalination plants in the state. Desalination – a process of removing minerals from...more

California Water Law Update

To address the worsening drought, on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 (“Executive Order”), mandating a 25% reduction in potable urban water consumption. In response, the State Water Resources...more

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Water Restrictions Throughout California

Sweeping Regulations Expected to Take Effect by May 15 - The State Water Resources Control Board took final action on emergency regulations designed to achieve an overall 25 percent reduction in potable urban water use...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - California approves sweeping urban water cuts: U-T San Diego - May 5: On May 5, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to approve mandatory water cuts of up to 36 percent for...more

California Water Board Signs Off on Emergency Urban Water Use Restrictions

On May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) adopted Emergency Regulations implementing a statewide 25% reduction of potable urban water use, which includes commercial, industrial, and institutional...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Tort Duty of Care for 911 First Responders

In the closing days of the March term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Coleman v. East Joliet Fire Protection District, a case from the Third District. Coleman poses the question of whether public entities...more

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: Governor Brown touts aggressive plan to cut greenhouse gases: KPCC - Apr 29: California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced Wednesday by...more

Does Voter Initiative Drain Water Providers' Power to Respond to Drought?

As reported on Nossaman's Endangered Species Law & Policy blog, on April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued a landmark executive order mandating water cutbacks for urban residents to address the state's historic drought....more

Progressively Tiered Water Rates to Promote Conservation May Violate Proposition 218

California's local water suppliers, hit with reduction requirements varying from 8% to 36% and potential penalties of up to $10,000 per day for noncompliance, are scrambling to figure out how to comply with these severe...more

Draft Mandatory Regulation Restricting Water Use Released by California Water Resources Control Board

Expanded Tiering System; Next Round of Comments Due Wednesday - Moving at a swift pace, the State Water Resources Control Board released a draft emergency regulation over the weekend that, for the first time, would...more

Upcoming Mandatory Water Regulations Draw Widespread Concern

The State Water Resources Control Board’s proposed regulatory framework for mandatory statewide water cutbacks drew 277 comment letters during the brief window of time allowed for input. The Water Board released its...more

As California Faces Mandatory Water Use Reductions, How Will the Construction Industry be Impacted?

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, which imposes mandatory water use reductions for the first time in the history of California. The Executive Order, issued as the state enters its fourth...more

FAQs on California’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

In the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order calling for mandatory water reductions statewide, the State Water Resources Control Board went to work immediately on drafting emergency measures. Since Brown’s order two...more

Proposed Framework for Mandatory Water Use Reductions in California Released

Fast Track Ahead for Emergency Regulations - The State Water Resources Control Board late Tuesday issued the draft framework for forthcoming emergency regulations designed to help the state conserve water in the face...more

California Drought Calls for Bold Energy Solutions

Last week, California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown announced a $1 billion emergency drought package and an executive order mandating a statewide 25 percent cut in potable water use through the end of next February. These...more

Cyber Incident/Data Breach Response: Your emergency Checklist

The first 24 hours after you discover a data breach are critical to restoring security, minimising harm, obtaining and preserving evidence and complying with contractual and legal obligations. This Emergency Checklist...more

DOGGR Issues Emergency Rules for Class II Underground Injection Wells

Interim regulations will phase out injection into high-quality aquifers pending development of permanent regulations....more

Obama Administration Recognizes Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure as a National Emergency

Many cybersecurity experts have warned that the United States is already engaged in covert cyber warfare against hostile actors around the world. The latest cybersecurity Executive Order reflects formal recognition that,...more

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