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The Soft Underbelly of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

by Clark Hill PLC on

Winston Churchill once used the phrase the “soft underbelly of Europe” to attempt to coax the Allies into invading Europe to force Germany to split its resources. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) also has a...more

[Webinar] Where Do We Go From Here? Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation Update - August 15th, 1:00pm PT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a webinar to update you about evolving issues related to implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Groundwater sustainability agencies have been formed. The process of...more

Specific Agricultural Interests Added to SGMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

New California Groundwater Fees – Another Step Forward for SGMA

California’s newer groundwater regulatory structure, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on September 16, 2014. The State Water Resources Control Board...more

[Webinar] The Murky World of Water Policy Made Clear - June 21st, 10:00am PT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys and policy advisors for a timely discussion of proposed water efficiency laws that are changing the landscape of water resource management. This webinar for CLE credit* will update you on the...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

California Groundwater Pumpers May Be Subject to Proposed "State Intervention Fees" Under SGMA

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the State Water Quality Control Board (“SWRCB”) released a draft emergency regulation that would impose new fees on some groundwater extractors. Written comments are due by Friday, April 7, 2017. The...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

New Water Supply Planning Laws Affecting CEQA Projects Now in Effect

by Miller Starr Regalia on

New California legislation affecting the required water supply analyses that must be made for certain projects subject to CEQA (SB 1262) was signed into law by Governor Brown last fall, and is now effective as of January 1,...more

California Releases Updated Groundwater Information Resource

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

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

California DWR Releases Final Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

On October 18, 2016, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its final modifications to California’s groundwater basin boundaries in response to the emergency regulations adopted by DWR last October. The basin...more

With SB 1262, SGMA Becomes Further Entrenched in California’s Water Supply Planning Laws

With Senate Bill 1262 (“SB 1262”), California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) has become firmly rooted into the State’s water supply planning laws. Specifically, SB 1262 amends the Water Supply Assessment...more

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1262 into law, representing an initial attempt to incorporate groundwater management requirements under...more

[Webinar] Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) - September 20th, 10:00am PDT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of new laws that are changing the landscape of water resource management. This webinar for CLE credit* will cover critical water-related legal topics including implementation...more

Does California Bear A Water “Windfall” From Deep-Aquifer Sources?

Stanford University released a study this week stating that California has three times more useable groundwater located in deep aquifers than previously estimated. This might come as welcome news to a state that continues to...more

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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 Regulations for California Groundwater Management

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California has moved one step closer to implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”), California’s landmark groundwater legislation. On Wednesday, May 18, the California Water Commission adopted a set of...more

Why California’s New Groundwater Management Law is a Game Changer for Mine Operators

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Ready or not, California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) is here and mine operators should be vigilant in monitoring and actively participating in developments under the law. Previously, the use of...more

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Where Do We Stand in the Quest for Sustainable Groundwater Management?

At the intersection of water and politics, a cross section of water professionals including agency staff, engineers, attorneys and consultants convened in Sacramento March 30 to spend a day with an outstanding lineup of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Community and environmental groups sue South Coast Air District over rules adoption - Los Angeles Times - Mar 9 - Community groups and environmentalists filed suit this week...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Marin assemblymember proposes Australian water trading market approach to address drought - Marin Independent Journal - Feb 29 State Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, has...more

Implementation of California's New Groundwater Law Continues as DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater...

In 2014, the California Legislature adopted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which for the first time comprehensively regulates the extraction and use of the state’s groundwater. A significant milestone in...more

DWR Makes Progress in SGMA Implementation by Releasing Draft Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans

by Allen Matkins on

The Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) recent release of draft emergency regulations for developing and evaluating groundwater sustainability plans marks continued progress toward implementation of the Sustainable...more

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

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