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Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California

State Water Resources Control Board Cites Need to Avoid Potential “Catastrophic Impacts” - The State Water Resources Control Board released revisions to its draft emergency regulations to restrict overall potable urban...more

Progressively Tiered Water Rates to Promote Conservation May Violate Proposition 218

California's local water suppliers, hit with reduction requirements varying from 8% to 36% and potential penalties of up to $10,000 per day for noncompliance, are scrambling to figure out how to comply with these severe...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Army Corps jurisdictional determinations subject to pre-permit judicial review, Eighth Circuit says - Allen Matkins - Apr 13: EPA and Army Corps of Engineers imposition of federal...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: Desperate from drought, California turns to desalination: Bloomberg - Apr 8: As California battled its last severe drought in the early 1990s, Santa Barbara spent $34 million on a...more

W.Va. Senate Bill 423 Amends Aboveground Storage Tank Act

Even before the June 6, 2014 effective date of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (the “AST Act” or “Act”), W. Va. Code §§ 22-30-1 et seq., representatives of the industries most impacted by the expansive and detailed AST Act...more

Ohio Federal Court Rules That DuPont’s Teflon Emissions Are Covered by RCRA

Last week the Southern District of Ohio held that air emissions from DuPont’s Teflon production operations at its Washington Works Facility in West Virginia, which landed on a water supplier’s wellfield and contaminated the...more

Critical Resources and Land Development: "Water Wars" Are on the Horizon

As we've posited in this space before, water will be the oil of the 21st century. In what way? Its value, its scarcity, its requirement for development. It will also be more valuable than oil in that, unlike oil, we have...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California lawmakers introduce sweeping new measures to increase renewable energy, cut fossil fuel use - San Jose Mercury News - Feb 10: Last Tuesday, California lawmakers unveiled a...more

Catch 22: “If You’re Moving Dirt, You Need to Control Your Dust” (But Don’t Use Potable Water!)

Returning from an Oregon vacation in this past Summer along I-5, I found frequent reminders of the extraordinary drought conditions prevailing across California. A grey smoky gloom blanketed the California-Oregon border from...more

Primary Steps New Jersey Municipalities Must Take to Sell or Lease Public Water or Wastewater Systems to Regulated Utilities Under...

On February 5, 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Water Infrastructure Protection Act to authorize municipalities to transfer water and wastewater assets to regulated utilities by sale or long-term...more

Victory in Clean Water Act Case Saves Community’s Water Supply

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck secured a decision in the federal court for the District of Colorado precluding third parties from closing a Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) well that supplies water for Brownstein’s client,...more

Texas PUC to Submit Proposed Rules for Adoption

In September 2014, responsibility for regulation of water and wastewater utilities was transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The transfer allows TCEQ to...more

State Board Issues Notice of Potential Curtailment of Surface Water Rights Diversions

Recent Rainfall Not Enough to Stop Drought Emergency Measures - Despite some rainfall and the temporary lifting of certain 2014 surface water curtailment notices during the fall, the drought emergency in California...more

Local Agencies that Can Recover Fees Through Prop 218 Process are Ineligible for State Reimbursements

Decision from the Commission on State Mandates - Several agricultural water suppliers seeking reimbursement for state-mandated activities under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 are ineligible to receive state...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

Disputes Over Interstate Compacts Increase

On December 29, 2014, a special master recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court find that Wyoming failed to make deliveries of Tongue River water to Montana in accordance with the Yellowstone River Compact. However, the...more

2014 Saw A Wave of Environmental Law Changes

The past year saw several developments in environmental law at both state and federal levels, particularly regarding water supply, water quality and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. As federal regulators tightened the...more

Swing, Pendulum, Swing: California's Historic Drought and Unprecedented Responses

Most know by now that California is facing one of its driest years in recorded history. Yet droughts are not new to California, and to put things in context we can be thankful that current drought conditions are only as bad...more

2015 AWBA Annual Plan Draft Available Online for Comment

The Draft 2015 Annual Plan of Operation for the Arizona Water Bank Authority (AWBA) is available online for comment. Written comments may be submitted to the AWBA via email prior to the close of business on December 1, 2014....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Coastal California residents using far less water: Associated Press - Nov 4: Residents in coastal communities use far less water than their inland counterparts, but still find ways to...more

Numerous Parties Line Up in Support of Petition in Delta Smelt Case

As we reported here, on October 6, 2014, a number of public water agencies and other entities that represent agricultural and municipal water users in California filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme...more

EPA Presents WIFIA Listening Sessions in Los Angeles

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently holding a roadshow of listening sessions across the US to provide information on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and its proposed five-year...more

Water Bond Passes Easily – But Real Work Begins Now for Public Agencies

Gov. Jerry Brown stood outside the governor’s mansion Tuesday night before cameras and supporters to accept his easily-won victory in capturing a fourth term. But it wasn’t that personal, unprecedented triumph he wanted to...more

New Water Infrastructure Legislation Deadline for Submissions Is Dec. 3 - Innovative Projects and Creative Financing Are Favored...

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) is a major update and reformation of prior water infrastructure legislation at the federal level. Under WRRDA, developments such as port facilities, water supply,...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #5

Environmental and Policy Focus: Federal Appeals Court rejects challenge to new highway linking LA and Long Beach - Courthouse News Service - Oct 31: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court ruling...more

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