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Anticipating Top Water Leaders at the 2018 California H2O Women Conference

We are a few weeks away from the 2018 California H2O Women Conference and honored to be showcasing so many leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. We are also especially honored that Brenda Burman, the first woman to head the Bureau of Reclamation, is our keynote speaker. Commissioner … Continue Reading »

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California’s Moon Shot—Carbon Neutral by 2045

“. . . we’re launching our own damn satellite.” [1] By now you may have heard that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018 (SB 100) into law and issued Executive Order B-55-18 to Achieve Carbon Neutrality (“Executive Order”). Taken together, both SB 100 and the Executive Order set California—the world’s … Continue Reading »

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An Assessment of SGMA for Municipal Water Suppliers

On September 14, Russell McGlothlin presented to the California League of Cities at the 2018 Annual Conference.  His paper An Assessment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act for Municipal Water Suppliers can be read in full below. The paper outlines: SGMA’s essential provisions Key issues to resolve for successful implementation including the potential division of available water … Continue Reading »

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Understanding Your Club’s Water Supply

This article written by Bradley Herrema was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of the National Club Association‘s Club Director.  Click through to read the full article »  Author: Bradley Herrema

Upcoming Speaking Engagements – July and August, 2018

On July 18, Amy Steinfeld will be speaking on Deeper Dive Into Cadiz Water Project Legal Challenges: Overcoming Federal and State Agency Roadblocks and Legal Hurdles at the States’ Rights and the Control of Groundwater Conference in Albuquerque, NM. On August 23, Chris Frahm will be moderating a panel on Property Right or Human Right at the Urban Water Institute’s 25th Annual Water Conference in San Diego.

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What the Water Conservation Bills Mean for California’s Water Suppliers: Reporting and Increased Data Collection as a Way of Life

With the ink dry from Gov. Brown’s signature on AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg), Californians now have a clearer picture of what it looks like to make water conservation a way of life. This legislation has its roots in Gov. Brown’s Executive Order B‐37‐16 and Cal EPA’s Water Action Plan, both of which … Continue Reading »

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Don’t be left high & dry — consider water supplies before buying property

This article written by Amy Steinfeld and Bradley Herrema was originally published on June 20, 2018 by the First Tuesday Journal. It’s not uncommon for a water lawyer to receive a panicked call from a new property owner after discovering they have insufficient water to support their proposed use of the property… Read the Full Text … Continue Reading »

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Bill Revives Previous Proposal to Move Water Rights Jurisdiction from the State Board to Hearing Officers, Authority Includes Cannabis

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz                     Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted hearing authority for water right violation matters from the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) to administrative law judges (ALJs). In his veto message, Gov. … Continue Reading »

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – June, 2018

On June 8, Amy Steinfeld will be presenting on the Cadiz Water Project at the 39th Annual Getches Wilkinson Center Summer Water Conference in Boulder, CO. On June 12 in San Francisco, Jena Shoaf Acos will be speaking at the California Water Law and Policy – 33rd Conference Program.

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3 Counties, 3 Approaches to Cannabis Crops

This article written by Amy Steinfeld was originally published in the April 20-26, 2018 issue of Pacific Coast Business Times. Legalization of recreational cannabis has shaken up the supply chain. Californians may now grow up to six cannabis plants for personal use without a license. Those lacking a green thumb can purchase recreational cannabis at … Continue Reading »