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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

Weekly Water Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Updates on the water situation in South Africa Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects Apart from its recently announced temporary desalination plant, the Koeberg nuclear power station is working...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

Pilot Program/Water Resources Development Act: U.S. Corps of Engineers Federal Register Notice Requesting Beneficial Use of...

The United States Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued a February 9th Federal Register notice for Request of Proposals (“RFP”) for beneficial use of dredged material projects. See 83 Fed. Reg. 5763. The RFP is being issued...more

A Quick Look at What's Ahead on the Water Infrastructure Front

by Downey Brand LLP on

I often joke with my clients that following issues too closely at the federal level can result in whiplash. To that regard, it has been a very active summer in Washington, DC on the water infrastructure front. Here’s a rapid...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

SCOTUS Wades into Water Wars

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) heard back-to-back oral arguments in two major water rights disputes between states: Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado, and Florida v. Georgia. While the merits...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part One – Raw Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The water news popping up in my email inbox recently has really run the gamut. One of the latest health fads is apparently drinking "raw water"—meaning unprocessed and untreated water. At the other end of the spectrum, there...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium: Current Practices/Approaches for Water Reuse

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued on July 11th a document titled: 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium (“Compendium”) ...more

State Water Plan: Tennessee Governor Appoints Steering Committee to Address Future Water Availability Issues

\Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the appointment of a steering committee to develop a statewide plan (“Plan”) for future water availability in Tennessee....more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to “Inconsistencies, Uncertainty, and Confusion” in Waters and Wetlands Regulatory Regime

On January 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense that legal challenges to an Obama Administration regulation defining “waters of the...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Long-Running State Water Disputes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Jan. 8, 2018, regarding two interstate water disputes: Florida v. Georgia and Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado. In Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado, the states are litigating over...more

New Filings – January 10, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

Community Science Institute v. Target Corp, et al., No. RG18-887565 (Cal. Super. Ct. – Alameda Cnty.): Proposition 65 action alleging Defendant fails to warn consumers that its Up & Up Toddler Beginnings Infant Formula with...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

Harbor Stormwater/SPCC Compliance Training Seminar: January 23 – Little Rock, Arkansas

The environmental consulting firm Harbor will be holding its annual Industrial Stormwater and Clean Water Act Spill Control and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) Compliance Training Seminar (“Seminar”) on January 23rd....more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: January 3rd Meeting Scheduled

The Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) will hold a meeting today, January 3rd. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in room 151 of the Arkansas State Capitol....more

Water Win-Win

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In case you haven't noticed, Washington County is booming. For many years, the County's population has been growing at around 2% annually and its current population of more than 580,000 is second only to Multnomah County's...more

National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies/Publicly Owned Treatment Works Screener Questionnaire: U.S....

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 29th Federal Register notice of an Information Collection Request (“ICR”). See 82 Fed. Reg. 61756....more

Lead and Copper Rule/Drinking Water: December 14th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Letter Seeking Input on Potential...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Water is circulating a December 14th letter to stakeholders seeking input on potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (“LCR”). EPA’s letter states...more

FY 2018 Geological Survey 104G National Competitive Grant Program: Arkansas Water Resources Center Call for Preproposals

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) has issued a call for preproposals for the FY 2018 U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”) 104G National Competitive Grant Program. AWRC states that the grants will support “research on...more

Lawsuit seeks to have California Waterways Identified as Hydrologically Impaired under the Clean Water Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

On November 1, 2017 the Earth Law Center, San Diego Coastkeeper and Los Angeles Waterkeeper (Petitioners) filed a Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate seeking to compel the State Water Resources Control State Board (Board)...more

Massachusetts Land Court Applies New Article 97 Guidance and Denies Constitutional Protection to Land Purchased for Water Resource...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

We recently reported on a new analytical framework created by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Smith v. City of Westfield for conducting analyses to determine whether Article 97 state constitutional...more

2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference/Expo: First National Bank Arena – January 31st/Jonesboro, Arkansas

The 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo (“Conference”) will be held on January 31st. The Conference will be held at the First National Bank Arena (formerly the Arkansas State University Convocation...more

California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218 - Case May...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court concluded recently that a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are not property-related charges subject to the substantive and procedural requirements of California Constitution...more

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