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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Clean Water Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on April 18, 2018, entitled “The Appropriate Role of States and the Federal Government in Protecting Groundwater.” Persons providing testimony included...more

Artificial Diversion of Water/Property Damage: New York Appellate Court Considers Whether Nuisance/Trespass Claims are Time-Barred

The New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division) addressed a procedural issue associated with an action seeking damages and injunctive relief involving allegations that defendants were responsible for property damage as a...more

After 9th Circuit Ruling in Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, EPA Considers ‘Clarifying’ Clean Water Act Coverage for...

A recent Ninth Circuit ruling that pollutants reaching waters of the United States through groundwater may trigger Clean Water Act liability has prompted the U.S. EPA to consider clarifying its position on the subject. The...more

California Water Rights Compliance Checklist for 2018

This checklist provides a summary of state water right reporting requirements and applicable deadlines for users of surface or groundwater in California for calendar year 2018. If you have questions about the information...more

EPA Seeks Comment on ‘‘Discharges of Pollutants’’ via a Direct Hydrologic Connection to Surface Water

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 20, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Request for Comment in the Federal Register seeking comments on a broad range of topics related to the question of whether the Clean Water Act (CWA)...more

EPA Publishes Notice Requesting Public Comment on Whether to Regulate Discharges to Groundwater Under the CWA

On February 20, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on whether the EPA can regulate discharges to groundwater that flow to jurisdictional...more

Ninth Circuit Decision Expands CWA to Indirect Discharges to Navigable Water

by Snell & Wilmer on

On February 1, 2018, the 9th Circuit issued its ruling in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui that expands coverage under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) to discharges of contaminants to groundwater that travel through...more

Grandfathered Facilities Must Register With Susquehanna River Basin Commission to Preserve Exempt Status

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is launching a registration program for grandfathered facilities, which are older facilities that began operating before applicable regulations became effective and that have...more

California Storm Water Bill Signed Into Law

California Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) (“SB 231”), signed into law by the Governor on October 6, 2017, is intended to provide local governments with increased flexibility when imposing or increasing property related fees and...more

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Flood Again in Texas Any Day

by Zelle LLP on

In 2001, Houston, Texas was in the path of the slow-moving, rain-heavy Tropical Storm Allison. That storm caused extensive flooding in downtown Houston and surrounding areas, ultimately dropping over 40 inches of rain in...more

Podcast Episode 7 - Water and Condemnation with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 7, two of Locke Lord’s Dallas Partners, Clint Schumacher and Jeff Mead, talk with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez on Water and Condemnation....more

California WaterFix: A Snapshot of the SWRCB Water Rights Change Hearings

by Downey Brand LLP on

After five parched years, substantial winter rains and Sierra snowpack have brought California a long-sought reprieve from drought, though not without presenting a new set of challenges. In February, nearly 200,000 residents...more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court adopts narrow interpretations of surface water exclusion and ensuing loss clause

In the Ridgewood Group LLC v Millers Capital Insurance Company, No. 1138 EDA 2016, February 27, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania analyzed two often troublesome policy provisions, the surface water exclusion and the...more

California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017. Adequate maintenance and protection of your water rights requires compliance with certain...more

A Compendium of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will have lasting implications on water users throughout the State. Downey Brand's water law practice is on the cutting edge of SGMA and groundwater law developments and has...more

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

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

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

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Federal - Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Two Updated Chapters in the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual - EPA is making two finalized chapters of the EPA Air Pollution Control...more

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is home to 14 of the 33 most water scarce countries globally, with six times less water availability than the worldwide...more

Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission Approves Oil and Gas Rulemaking

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The purpose of the rulemaking is to modify and update existing requirements related to surface activities associated with the development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells....more

Does Your Toxic Release Inventory Make You a Target for Enforcement?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Summary: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General is examining the Agency’s usage of Toxic Release Inventory data to evaluate companies’ compliance with surface water discharge permitting...more

Texas Groundwater Case Opens New Front in Regulatory Takings Claims

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Water rights lawsuits are not new. But a recent ruling in Texas sets new precedent in the fight for groundwater. There, a Texas trial court recently awarded pecan farmers Glenn and JoLynn Bragg $2.5 million for their lost...more

Case Law Updates

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Clean Water Act - In last month’s edition of Environmental Notes, we discussed the potential impact of two recent federal district court decisions finding that a citizen suit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) could be...more

Food-Processing Sector May Be U.S. EPA’s Next Enforcement Target

by King & Spalding on

Every three years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national enforcement initiatives to focus its civil and criminal enforcement resources on specific environmental issues. On September 15, 2015,...more

Arizona Supreme Court Affirms ADWR’s Approval of Mining Company’s Request to Sever and Transfer Its Surface Water Rights

by Perkins Coie on

The Arizona Supreme Court, in Arizona Department of Water Resources v. Hon Crane McClennen in and for the county of Maricopa, No. CV-15-0223-SA, reversed a ruling from Judge McClennen of the Superior Court of Maricopa County...more

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