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Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (i.e, "Farm Bill"): Environmental/Conservation Related Provisions

The United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee (“Committee”) recently reported out the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (“H.R. 2”). H.R. 2 is typically denominated the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill...more

Legal Updates in Water Law: Allan Gates/Jordan Wimpy (Mitchell Williams Law Firm) Arkansas Environmental Federation Water Seminar...

My Mitchell Williams Law Firm colleagues Allan Gates and Jordan Wimpy undertook a presentation at the April 18th Arkansas Environmental Federation seminar titled: Legal Updates in Water Law (“Presentation”) ...more

Illinois River Watershed Model: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 6) Announces Completion

The Region 6 Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in an April 16th news release the completion of the Illinois River Watershed Basin and Lake Tenkiller Models. EPA states it has...more

Endangered Rivers: American Rivers Announces 2018 List

The environmental organization American Rivers has released its annual report demoninated America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2018 (“List”). The organization American Rivers was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in...more

Arkansas Environmental Federation Water Seminar: Little Rock, Arkansas – April 18th (REMINDER)

The Arkansas Environmental Federation (“AEF”) will hold its annual Water Seminar on April 18th. The seminar will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Holiday Inn – Airport....more

Water Reclamation: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Video Featuring Tyson Foods, Russellville, Arkansas

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association announced the second video in a series that they state highlights companies with exemplary performance at water reclamation facilities serving the poultry industry. The Tyson Foods...more

Good for You, Great for Me: DOGGR Issues Notice to Operators with Guidance for Collection of Oilfield Water Quality Data

On March 7, 2018, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR,” or “Division”) published a notice to operators (“NTO”) regarding updated guidelines for oilfield water quality data. The NTO outlines...more

Where the Blacktop Ends: Promising Developments at the Intersection of Agricultural Production and Urban Living

With the Trump administration’s rollback of federal regulations proceeding at a steady pace, and with new federal tax policy firmly established, and with the next federal Farm Bill promised by year’s end, Arkansas’s farmers...more

Arkansas Environmental Federation Water Seminar: Little Rock, Arkansas – April 18th

The Arkansas Environmental Federation (“AEF”) will hold its annual Water Seminar on April 18th. The seminar will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Holiday Inn – Airport....more

Coal Lease/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Court Addresses Challenge to Bureau of Land Management Environmental...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) in a February 27th opinion addressed a challenge by the Northern Plaints Resource Council, Inc. (“NPRCI”) to an Environmental Assessment (“EA”)...more

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Water Conference: July 23rd/24th Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) announced that its annual water conference will be held on July 23rd and 24th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. AWRC states that the theme for the conference is “The Value of Water.”...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part Two – Poop Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

At the other end of the spectrum from raw water is "poop water"—sewage effluent that has been transformed back into safe drinking water. Whereas raw water is completely untreated, poop water—or "direct potable re-use" if you...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 4

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week, Governor Reynolds signed her first bill into law, SF 512, the water quality bill. The Governor also signed her first Executive Order establishing the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning. ...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018

Cooke Aquaculture Fined $332,000 For Puget Sound Salmon Pen Collapse - The Washington Department of Ecology has reportedly fined Cooke Aquaculture $332,000 for violations of state water quality laws related to a net pen...more

Beaver Watershed Alliance Speaker Series: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams) February 22nd Nutrient Trading Presentation

Mitchell Williams Law Firm Attorney Allan Gates will undertake a presentation on February 22nd as part of the Beaver Watershed Alliance (“BWA”) Speaker Series titled: Nutrient Trading and Act 335 ...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 3

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week saw a significant increase in the number of bills moving through the subcommittee and committee process. Some key developments from the week...more

Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee: January 23rd Meeting

The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee has scheduled its 2018 first quarter meeting for January 23rd. Items on the agenda include... ...more

Section 401 Water Quality Certification/Clean Water Act: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Pipeline's Waiver Argument

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Petition for Declaratory Order (“Order”) addressing Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s (“Constitution”) January 11th Petition for Declaratory Order...more

Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Issues Draft

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) issued a 622-page draft document titled: Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan (“Management Plan”) ...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel: December 14th Conference Call Scheduled

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced that the Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel (“Panel”) will hold a telephone conference at 1:30 p.m. on December 14th. ADEQ states the...more

Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award: Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E. (Beaver Water District) Announced as 2017 Winner

The Beaver Watershed Alliance announced that Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E., has received the 2017 Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award (“Award”). Mr. Fortenberry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Beaver Water District....more

Marijuana Cultivation: California State Water Board Adopts Policy Addressing Water Diversion/Discharge

The California State Water Board (“Board”) recently adopted what it describes as a “new statewide policy establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation in order to protect water flows and water quality...more

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