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Fifth District Upholds CEQA Exemptions For Ongoing Pre-CEQA Projects And Continued Operation of Existing Facilities To Reject...

In a July 3, 2014 published decision more notable for the practical importance of the water rights involved than the CEQA law applied, the Fifth District Court of Appeal rejected the CEQA challenges of various environmental...more

State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in Response to Drought

Proposed Regulations to Impose Restrictions on Individuals, Urban Water Suppliers and Distributors of Public Water Supplies In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of Emergency Drought Declaration and Proclamation of a...more

First District Court of Appeal Holds State Water Board May Restrict Beneficial Water Use by Senior Water Rights Holders, Relying...

Most Californians are well aware of the restrictions currently being placed on water use throughout the state. The ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies in California are dramatically affecting those with rights to...more

The Water Values Podcast - How Can We Resolve Water Conflicts?  [Video]

How Can We Resolve Water Conflicts? With Professor Neil Grigg, River Master of the Pecos River Professor Neil Grigg of Colorado State University and the River Master of the Pecos River joins The Water Values Podcast this...more

Historic Water Resources Reform and Development Act Enacted into Law

On June 10, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (“WRRDA”) (Public Law No: 113-121). The primary purpose of the bill is to provide funding for improvements to rivers...more

State Water Board Commences Curtailment Program in Response to Statewide Drought

In the past month, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) has issued three curtailment notices to water rights holders pursuant to the Governor’s January 17, 2014 State of Emergency Proclamation addressing...more

State Water Quality Control Board to Consider General Waste Discharge Requirements for Recycled Water Use on June 3, 2014

On June 3, 2014, partially in response to lingering drought conditions throughout the state, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”) will consider adopting a “general” waste discharge requirements (“WDR”)...more

Exemption for Construction of Water and Sewer Lines

The PA Department of Revenue has renewed a ruling that a contractor may claim exemption for certain items installed in the construction of water and sanitary sewer lines for a private developer where the sewer lines will be...more

CEQA Exemptions Granted for Certain State Agency Actions by Gov. Brown Proclamation

Proclamation of Continued State of Emergency Declared as Record Drought Continues - Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency in response to California’s record low water conditions...more

Improvements Proposed to Regulations Governing Petitions to the California State Water Resources Control Board

Anyone who has challenged the action or inaction of a Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) knows that more often than not, by the time the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) takes action on...more

A Timely Reminder From the CSLB and a Funny Acronym to Boot

Growing up in Sacramento, California I remember it being so hot that you could feel your tennis shoes stick to the asphalt on the playground. As California enters it’s worst drought in 119 years concern over water has...more

EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the "2014 Appropriations Act"), which requires the use of specific American iron and steel ("AIS") products in (1) all...more

MTBE MDL Judge: Fresno’s Failure to Provide Evidence of Threat to Water Supply Wells Results in Dismissal

Defendants in a multidistrict MTBE product liability litigation, including Sedgwick clients Shell Oil Company, Equilon Enterprises LLC and TMR Company, recently obtained a dismissal with prejudice of MTBE product liability...more

EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...

First round of agency guidance provides key interpretations and details on draft waivers - On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the “2014 Appropriations...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

West Virginia Legislature Passes Comprehensive Aboveground Storage Tank Bill and Amends Public Water Supply Laws

On March 8, 2014, the West Virginia Legislature passed a comprehensive bill, primarily in response to the Jan. 9, 2014 leak of fluid containing 4- Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM) from an aboveground storage tank into the...more

Comprehensive Summary Of Final Senate Bill 373

On Saturday evening, March 8, after intense work and consideration of perhaps 100 or more amendments, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 373 ("SB 373"), which establishes sweeping new regulatory programs that...more

Water Scarcity: A Role for Reasonableness and Physical Solution in Water Law in an Era of Climate Change

Climate change is essentially a water problem. Whether it is drought, flood, changing hydrology or rising sea levels, the impacts of climate change all involve water to some extent. Even those who deny that human activities...more

The Womble Carlyle Economic Development Digest - March 12, 2014

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the United States....more

Court Rejects Rule 106 Challenge to Sterling Ranch Rezoning Approval

Important Ruling for Colorado’s Development Community - On February 19, a Colorado state court judge rejected a lawsuit challenging a Douglas County rezoning decision that will now allow for the continued permitting...more

California Lawmakers Introduce New Fracking Bill

On February 20, 2014, California lawmakers Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1132, a new bill that would halt fracturing and other oil and extraction practices in the...more

Investing In California’s Water Conference Convenes Industry Thought Leaders

On Friday, February 21, water industry thought leaders will gather to discuss how public and private investment will help California meet its present and future water challenges, including the state’s current drought state of...more

Square Pegs in Round Holes

The Western states face two reciprocating and overarching problems in water resources policy. First, water is an increasingly scarce resource facing sharply competitive needs. Climate change is projected to put even more...more

California Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency: Declaration Calls on Water Districts and Cities to Implement Water...

Governor Jerry Brown last week issued a drought state of emergency declaration in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. The declaration, issued...more

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