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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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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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Jena Shoaf Acos

Bradley Herrema

Russell McGlothlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 »

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What’s Next for California’s Water Supplies as the Rainy Season Comes to an End?

Author: Jessica Diaz Editor: Amy Steinfeld The conclusion of California’s five-year drought was undeniably dramatic. The recent Sierra snowpack survey by California’s Department of Water Resources showed water content 196 percent above the long-term average. The 2017 water year was the wettest on record for Northern California. And in April, the governor lifted California’s declaration of drought … Continue Reading »

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Amy Steinfeld & Brad Herrema Named Water & Wastes Digest 2017 Young Water Professionals

Water & Wastes Digest has named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Amy Steinfeld and Brad Herrema 2017 Young Water Professional honorees. The 2017 Young Professional award highlights noteworthy rising stars in the water industry who have demonstrated exemplary performance in a water-related field.
“Brad and Amy are both smart, hardworking attorneys committed to finding innovative solutions for their clients’ most complicated water law issues,” said Steven Amerikaner, managing partner of the Santa Barbara office. “Both have extensive experience effectively and successfully navigating California’s complex land use and water laws, enabling them to efficiently move projects forward and achieve successful results for clients.”

Amy, a shareholder in the Santa Barbara Office, regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. Her practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law, enabling her to advance and defend complex projects throughout the state. She has expertise in water rights permitting and due diligence, CEQA compliance, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply evaluations, Endangered Species Act compliance, and all other matters associated with the use, conveyance, development and management of surface and groundwater supplies and infrastructure.

Brad is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office where he is the head of the firm’s California Water Group. He works with clients in California and the western U.S. to develop innovative strategies to secure and protect their water-related interests. He is leading clients, during California’s record-breaking drought, with integrated water supply planning, water rights permitting and regulatory compliance, adjudications of groundwater rights and compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, water utility concerns, Indian water rights and environmental matters affecting water use, such as CEQA compliance and water quality issues, including those under the Clean Water Act.

The Water & Wastes Digest feature on Brad can be found here and the feature on Amy can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy M. Steinfeld
Shareholder
asteinfeld@bhfs.com
805.882.1409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley J. Herrema
Shareholder
bherrema@bhfs.com
310.500.4609