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What’s All the Ruckus About ADUs?

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Wendy Nwosu This article was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Many Californians are wondering whether their neighbor’s new tiny home will house grandma or become a new rental. Advocates of accessory dwelling units (“ADU”) claim they’ll provide … Continue Reading »

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Will Your Basin Adjudicate, and if so, How Will That Relate to Basin Management under SGMA?

This article was originally published as an advertorial in the November/December 2017 print issue of Western Grower & Shipper, a publication of Western Growers. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) throughout California’s medium- and high-priority basins are now beginning to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Sustainable groundwater management is … Continue Reading »

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Two Questions Every Industrial Storm Water Permittee Should Answer Before January 1, 2018

Author: Ryan Waterman Author: Dylan Johnson This article was originally distributed as a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Client Alert. If your facility is permitted under California’s Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP), then you probably feel like you earned an advanced degree in storm water management with the time and effort it takes to understand … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement – 2017 Fall ACWA Conference – Recycled Water: The Race to Purple Pipes and Beyond

November 29, 2017

Amy Steinfeld will be a panelist speaking on Recycled Water: The Race to Purple Pipes and Beyond at the 2017 Fall ACWA Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim.

In light of state mandates to increase recycled water use and in anticipation of regulation of indirect potable re-use, this panel will educate wastewater treatment facility operators and water providers about the numerous regulatory and environmental requirements associated with new and expanded use of recycled water with an emphasis on strategic planning to enable the most expeditious implementation of recycled water projects. The panel will explore Regional and State Board processing and permitting, changes in water rights, environmental considerations resulting from reduced wastewater discharges to water bodies, and grant funding opportunities.

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Governor Vetoes AB 313 but Leaves the Door Open to Future Changes in Water Rights Adjudications

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz On Oct. 15, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 313, authored by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D–Merced). AB 313, covered in an earlier blog post, proposed to shift hearing authority over water right violation matters from the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to administrative … Continue Reading »

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AB 313 Could Take Water Right Violation Hearings Away from State Water Board

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz The California legislative session recently concluded, and among the most surprising arrivals to the Governor’s desk was Assembly Bill (AB) 313, authored by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D – Merced).  AB 313 would transform the adjudicative process for water right violation matters by shifting hearing authority from the State Water … Continue Reading »

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How SGMA Will Affect Agricultural Groundwater Users and Key Considerations for Developing an Implementation Strategy

This article was originally published as an advertorial in the September/October 2017 print issue of Western Grower & Shipper, a publication of Western Growers. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is now in its third year of operation. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed throughout the medium- and high-priority basins across California and those GSAs … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Event: 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop

October 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sacramento, CA

Brad Herrema and Jena Acos are co-chairing the 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop: Hot Topics and Current Issues Affecting Groundwater Basins Across California. The workshop will include panels and speakers on California groundwater law, including water quality, adjudicated basins, water rights, and SGMA compliance.

Russ McGlothlin will be speaking on Groundwater Law 101.

Other Confirmed Speakers Include:
Esther Conrad, Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution
Trevor Joseph, California Department of Water Resources
Dave Ceppos, Center for Collaborative Policy
Laurel Firestone, Community Water Center
Sandi Matsumoto, The Nature Conservancy
Peter Kavounas, Chino Basin Watermaster
Valerie Kincaid, O’Laughlin & Paris, LLP
Tom Bunn, Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP
Rod Walston, Best Best & Krieger

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For additional conference information, please contact Sarah Kline at skline@grac.org (916-446-3626)

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Serving Development During Drought: Creative & Sustainable Solutions

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Jessica Diaz This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. For much of the past five years, drought and development were on a collision course. Just as the weather began to dry up in 2011, the housing … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 2, Issue 2 – July 2017

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a resource for your real-time business decisions. That said, it is not and cannot be construed to be legal advice. Enjoy! … Continue Reading »