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California Proposes Adopting New Permitting Program for Wetlands and Waters of the State

On June 17, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) published proposed amendments to the Ocean Plan and the water quality control plan for Inland Surface Waters and Enclosed Bays and Estuaries and Ocean...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

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

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 State Water Board Set to Impose New Drinking Water Fees on Public Water Systems

Public Comments Due June 22 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a series of proposed regulations aimed at increasing total funding for California’s Drinking Water Program and addressing drinking water...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Justices suggest support for landowners in wetlands case - Bloomberg - Mar 30 - U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum signaled in oral argument this week...more

Information is Power: What do the State’s New Water Reporting Requirements Mean for You?

The ongoing drought has highlighted this commonly accepted maxim: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” In response, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) has adopted new measuring and reporting...more

Industrial Storm Water Permitees Face New Challenge- TMDLs

When the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) adopted the Industrial General Storm Water Permit in 2014 (the “IGP”), the State Board reserved for a later day how to incorporate Total Maximum Daily Load...more

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

Proposed Regulations Include Required Plan Elements and Criteria for State Review - The Department of Water Resources released draft emergency regulations Thursday that spell out the steps and requirements local agencies...more

California State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

The State Water Resources Control Board released a fact sheet Wednesday detailing the information urban water suppliers will need to submit to receive a conservation standard adjustment under the recently adopted emergency...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack - Sacramento Bee - Feb 2 - California’s drought regulators agreed Tuesday to extend water conservation mandates...more

The Water Board Will Consider Changes to Its Emergency Drought Regulation for 2016

El Niño is upon California. Yet, despite the ample rain and snow expected this winter, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) is almost certain to extend its emergency drought regulation into 2016. The...more

Shasta Lake Water Levels Subject of New Litigation

Water Contractors Challenge SWRCB Order Potentially Restricting Water - A State Water Resources Control Board order that could potentially restrict the amount of water available for export by both the Central Valley...more

California State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Public Comments Due Jan. 28 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed regulation that will extend statewide emergency water conservation mandates through October 2016. Several key provisions could...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State lawmaker seeks to close old SoCal Gas wells in Aliso Canyon - Los Angeles Business - Jan 12 State Senator Fran Pavley is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to close older...more

Environmental Notes - January 2016

Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) operates a coalfired power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia. It maintains permits for its operations, including a Virginia solid waste management permit and a Virginia Pollutant Discharge...more

Looking Ahead: Federal Drought Response

Unsurprisingly, 2016 will be all about the elections. And like most election years, especially presidential elections, the majority of legislation brought up for a vote will be “messaging bills” that members can use to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over natural gas leak - San Diego Union Tribune - Jan 6 - California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday over a...more

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California

Public Comments Due Jan. 6 - The State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed regulatory framework for extending statewide emergency water conservation mandates through October 2016. The framework could result...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court rejects mandatory "reverse CEQA" analysis Allen Matkins - Dec 18 - The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion yesterday in California...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether landowners can challenge federal Water Act jurisdiction through pre-enforcement review - Reuters - - Dec 11 The U.S. Supreme Court on...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2015 #1

Environmental and Policy Focus - MWD will try to buy Delta islands for water storage, habitat purposes: Los Angeles Times - Nov 10: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) board voted on Tuesday to...more

California Water Board Lifts Curtailment of Senior Water Rights in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday issued a notice lifting water diversion restrictions for the holders of all senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds and Delta. The Board issued the...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown authorizes streamlined groundwater: Allen Matkins - Oct 13: On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Brown signed a suite of bills that has the potential to significantly...more

New California Laws Will Ease Groundwater Right Battles, Yet Encourage More Litigation

On October 9, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills aimed at making groundwater disputes easier and faster to resolve in court. The new laws—companion bills AB 1390 (Alejo) and SB 226 (Pavley)—streamline...more

Environmental Activists Attack State Water Resources Control Board Order Approving Oil Industry Wastewater Disposal Methods

On August 28, Earthjustice filed a petition with the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) seeking to overturn a Central Valley Regional Water Board (“Regional Board”) order allowing an oil and gas wastewater...more

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