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Renewable Energy Update - February 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E launches program to let all customers go 100 percent solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 3 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously...more

California Surface Water Diverters Now Required To Report Annually To The State

Taking effect earlier this month, Senate Bill 88 was approved overwhelmingly last legislative session and signed by the Governor as another effort to combat drought and water supply shortage conditions in the State of...more

The Ongoing Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Last week, citizens of Flint, Michigan filed two class-action lawsuits against Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and other government officials. ...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

New Water Law Will Affect Everyone Who Uses Water in Florida

On January 14, 2016, the officers of the Legislature presented CS/CS/SB 552 to Governor Scott for signature. More famously known as the "Water Bill," this 134-page page marvel of compromise proves that it is still possible to...more

Protection of Florida's "Outstanding Springs" Highlights State's New Water Law

The Florida Legislature recently approved major water legislation, which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Jan. 21, 2016. The bill creates new water law for "outstanding Florida springs," including timelines for the...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

Public Projects in Turmoil: The Saga Of The Bay Bridge, Delta Tunnels, and High Speed Rail Would Make A Compelling Reality TV Show

It took nearly twenty-five years for the Bay Bridge to become a reality and before the paint was even dry on the self-anchored suspension span questions had already been raised about the design and seismic safety of the...more

Water Board Proposes Amendments to Virginia’s Water Withdrawal and Wetland Regulations

The State Water Control Board (“Board”) has proposed amendments to Virginia’s Water Protection Permit (“VWP”) regulations for the permitting and control of wetland impacts and surface water withdrawals. Many of the changes...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: California high court deals blow to Newhall Ranch development project in Los Angeles County - KPCC: - Nov 30 The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected the environmental...more

California's Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15

Information on Outdoor Watering and Monthly Water Production Required - By Dec. 15, all small water suppliers in California must file, for the first time, water conservation reports with the State Water Resources Control...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

As El Nino Looms, State Weighs Extension of Conservation Regs

Rains have begun to return to California as El Nino emerges from the Pacific Ocean. After four years of drought, water providers throughout the state have begun to question how state government should approach conservation...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus - Senate votes to block EPA’s clean water rule: The Hill - Nov 4:: The U.S. Senate approved a bill Wednesday to block the Obama administration’s new regulation defining federal authority...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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2015 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Exide cleanup: Los Angeles County approves $2 million to facilitate lead removal at homes: Los Angeles Times - Oct 27: Los Angeles County supervisors, frustrated by what they say is a...more

Are Regulatory Delays Exacerbating Drought Conditions?

As we enter the fall season, substantial portions of California and the Pacific Northwest are experiencing extreme to exceptional drought conditions. While conditions are better in Texas and other nearby states this year,...more

Flint Water System Troubles May Signal Numerous, Potentially Broad-Ranging Problems

For the City of Flint, Michigan, the immediate problem is that the water it provides its citizens is not safe to drink. For many other communities across the nation, the problem may be whether they can do the things necessary...more

Key Takeaways From the Associated Industries of Florida Water Forum

Last week I was honored to serve as lead moderator at the 2015 Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) Water Forum held in Orlando, Florida. As moderator, I led dynamic conversations on a wide range of water-related issues,...more

Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendments: A Critique of OPR’s “Preliminary Discussion Draft” (Part II – Proposed “Substance” and Major...

On September 18, 2015, I posted a “Part I” piece on the “efficiency improvements” category of OPR’s Preliminary Discussion Draft of its “Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines” (the “Discussion Draft”). This follow up post...more

California Water Legislation Scorecard

Water was of such concern to the California Legislature that it led the roster of all bills introduced in 2015. Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Bill 1 prohibits local governments, during times of drought, from...more

Maine DEP Proposes Revisions to Site Law Rules

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing revisions to three chapters of its rules under the Site Location of Development Law (Site Law), the statute under which the DEP regulates projects of state...more

Drought: Congressional State of Play at the End of the Fiscal Year

A number of proposals aimed at addressing the California drought were introduced this Congress. Two bills in particular, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, and S. 1894, the California Emergency...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

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