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Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

Specific Agricultural Interests Added to SGMA

Farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals are now identified as being among the beneficial uses and users of groundwater whose interests must be considered under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This is the result...more

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

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

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released - Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language...more

State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Regulation Setting Fees For SGMA Intervention

In a new regulatory step under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the State Water Resources Control Board released a draft emergency regulation that sets fees for state intervention activities. Comments are due by...more

Sweeping Climate Change Resolution Adopted by California State Water Board

The State Water Resources Control Board this week adopted a resolution containing a comprehensive set of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to be applied across all actions by the Board and its regional boards....more

Drought Emergency Regulations Extended Again

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

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

Despite plentiful rain and snow across much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering extending its emergency drought regulations in early February. During a public workshop in Sacramento on...more

California Releases Updated Groundwater Information Resource

The California Department of Water Resources has released an interim update of Bulletin 118, the state’s primary groundwater information resource. The update addresses time-sensitive information that agencies will need to...more

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

Key Principle: Sustainable Management Through Local Efforts - The California Water Commission unanimously adopted a demanding set of regulations to govern the creation and implementation of groundwater sustainability...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

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

Climate, Growth and Water Supply Adjustments Ease Conservation Burden in Some Communities - The deadline is fast approaching for urban water suppliers to apply for an adjustment to their water conservation standards...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

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed - The City of Corona has prevailed in a constitutional challenge to its enforcement of a...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

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'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 Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order

California’s sweeping restrictions on water use could be extended deep into next year under a new Executive Order by Gov. Jerry Brown. If drought conditions persist through January 2016, the Order provides that emergency...more

New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved

Current Disclosure Requirements for Building Owners and Tenants Repealed - A complicated energy reporting requirement for owners and tenants of commercial and multifamily buildings is ending under a new law that takes...more

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall - The State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating extending the mandatory emergency water restrictions that it imposed...more

Regulations Adopted for Changing Boundaries of California Groundwater Basins

The California Water Commission on Wednesday adopted new regulations for modifying the boundaries of groundwater basins and subbasins. The action marked the latest step in the state’s rollout of the Sustainable Groundwater...more

California Governor Signs Bills to Streamline Groundwater Basin Adjudications to Better Harmonize with SGMA

Bills Addresses Traditional Costs and Delays in Adjudications - On October 9, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills designed to streamline groundwater basin adjudications and align them with requirements under...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

Draft Guidelines for Planning Grants Released by California Department of Water Resources

Guidelines Will Drive Funding Process; Comments Due Oct. 5 - With the passage of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), California voters authorized the issuance of $7.1...more

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