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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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*

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Drought Emergency Regulations Extended Again

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump EPA pick: still 'some debate' over human role in climate change - The Guardian - Jan 18 - During a combative Senate confirmation hearing this week, Scott Pruitt,...more

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

[Webinar] Rate Issues and Design; Proposition 218 and Proposition 26 - January 12th, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of issues related to water rate design and pricing. This webinar for CLE credit* will explain the theory of water rate design and address similarities and differences between...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

Saudi Arabia Takes First Steps to Privatise US$50 Billion of Water Sector Assets

by King & Spalding on

Ali Al-Hazmi Appointed Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation as Kingdom Proceeds with Vision 2030 Privatisation Initiative - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last week announced that Ali Al-Hazmi is replacing...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

Law on the transition to a green economy presented in Kazakhstan

by Dentons on

On 1 July 2016, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a “green economy” (hereinafter –...more

[Webinar] Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) - September 20th, 10:00am PDT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of new laws that are changing the landscape of water resource management. This webinar for CLE credit* will cover critical water-related legal topics including implementation...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Most California water agencies choose zero as conservation target San Jose Mercury News - Aug 17 - Governor Jerry Brown's administration two months ago dropped all mandatory water...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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainability measures pay off says Morgan Stanley report - The Registry - May 5 - Investors looking for opportunities to potentially increase returns by integrating...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal and state officials sign Klamath River dam removal deal - San Jose Mercury News - Apr 7 - The governors of California and Oregon and several other state, federal, power,...more

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Climate, Growth and Water Supply Adjustments Ease Conservation Burden in Some Communities - The deadline is fast approaching for urban water suppliers to apply for an adjustment to their water conservation standards...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2016. LAR is quickly embracing consumer-right-to-know initiatives through a host of new proposed labeling and product claims standards....more

Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

by Nossaman LLP on

Newhall County Water District v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 243 Cal.App.4th 1430 (“Newhall”) - Case Disposition - Plaintiff Newhall County Water District (“Newhall”), a retail water purveyor, challenged a...more

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