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Comment Period Approaching on State Board Regulatory Program for Discharge of Dredge and Fill Material

by Nossaman LLP on

In a prior e-alert, we described the effort of the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) to develop a new regulatory program for discharge of dredged or fill materials to waters of the state. The...more

Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...more

Is That Regulation Affordable? If It’s Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, It Better Be

by Alston & Bird on

You open your mailbox. There’s your monthly water bill. Inside, you notice it’s gone up nearly $500—but your use hasn’t changed. How could this be? And maybe more important, can you afford it? This is an essential...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Cannabis Industry Jammed With Extensive Environmental Regulations

by Alston & Bird on

The surge of new cannabis-related regulations continues in California this month, this time courtesy of the State Water Resources Control Board. In response to Senate Bill 837, the agency recently released a draft Cannabis...more

California Proposes New Permitting Procedures for Impacts to Wetlands and Waters of the State

On July 21, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) published its latest proposal for new permitting procedures that would apply to waters of the State, including wetlands. The proposal – which...more

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention - Fee Imposition Will Begin This Summer

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new fee schedule that will be applied to groundwater pumpers in basins where compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act comes up short. ...more

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water - State Water Resources Control Board Held Public...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In preparation for California adopting a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water, the State Water Resources Control Board staff discussed potential reporting requirements and changes to...more

Be Prepared for California’s Environmental Rules: Regulated Cannabis Brings Forth New Water Use Guidelines

Some estimates indicate that up to 70% of marijuana used in the United States comes from California. With the recent passage of Proposition 64, California cannabis production is likely to increase, and the state’s...more

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted an amendment to all Domestic Water Supply Permits it issues to public water systems that supply drinking water. The amendment requires domestic water suppliers for...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

Oil Industry Caught in “Catch-22” with New Wastewater Injection Approval Requirements; Files Suit Against California Agencies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 19, 2017, three oil industry trade groups filed suit against the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) (jointly “Department”) in Kern County Superior...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - SoCal air board proposes stricter regulations for smog-reduction plan - Los Angeles Times - Oct 7 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Shell Oil settles charges regarding claims for underground tank cleanup reimbursements - Sacramento Bee - Sep 23 - Shell Oil Co. has agreed to settle charges that it...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California sets reduction targets for black carbon, other climate pollutants - San Diego Union-Tribune - Sep 19 - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law Senate Bill...more

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements....more

When Will They Ever Learn? CBD Files Another Questionable Lawsuit Against DOGGR

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On August 3, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed suit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) and the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”),...more

California State Water Board Releases Revised Drinking Water Fee Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public Comments Due July 29th - The State Water Resources Control Board recently released a series of revisions to its proposed Drinking Water Fee Regulations. The revised regulations make a series of amendments to the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan Sacramento Bee - Jun 24 - In a decision that could delay or complicate Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge...more

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

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

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