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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 2 | August 2019

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

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Cadiz and Glasshouse Farms form SoCal Hemp Co: Potential to become California’s largest vertically integrated commercial hemp operation

  As highlighted in the recent article, Cadiz Inc.: First NASDAQ-Listed U.S. Company to Enter Joint Venture to Bring Hemp and Hemp-Derived Products to Market to Meet Growing B2B and B2C Market Demands, the joint venture between Glass House Farms and Cadiz was established to bring hemp and hemp-derived products to market at a commercial scale, … Continue Reading »

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Sea Level Rise & Wastewater Infrastructure: Current California Guidance and Strategies

This article addresses the impact of sea level rise to coastal wastewater infrastructure, existing guidance, as well as the need for integrated management efforts to meet the challenges ahead. It was written by Kimberly Leefatt and originally published by The Water Report on July 15, 2019, Issue #185.  As with most climate change initiatives, California is … Continue Reading »

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California Supports Clean Water Without a Water Tax

Once again, California has rejected a “water tax” as a means of remedying the drinking water issues facing small and low-income communities. Instead, the Legislature has opted to use existing revenue to address the problem. On June 13, 2019, the California Legislature passed a $215 billion budget, which included an appropriation of $133.4 million for … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline

CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS: Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline July 1 marks another deadline for California water rights holders to report water usage: Surface water users required to submit a Supplemental Statement of Diversion and users to report measurement data must file by July 1. Groundwater users in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and … Continue Reading »

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New State Water Board Policy Has Potential to Streamline Water Quality Compliance for Wineries

In a welcome development for wineries, the State Water Resources Control Board has circulated an administrative draft of a general order (“General Order”) aimed at streamlining the often daunting challenge of complying with California’s water quality requirements. Currently, process water that results from a winery’s production and sanitation activities is considered “waste” under the Water … Continue Reading »

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Climate change influencing development restrictions

                          This article was written by Beth Collins, Kimberly Leefatt and Christopher Guillen and originally published by the Pacific Coast Business Times, Vol. 20 No. 5 on April 18, 2019. Coastal property owners beware — local jurisdictions are adding regulations to address the effects of sea … Continue Reading »

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Water Policy in CA: Six Key Takeaways from the State Water Board’s New Cannabis Cultivation Policy

This article was written by Amy Steinfeld and originally published by the Cannabis Industry Journal on April 16, 2019.  Cannabis is the most highly regulated crop in California, and the state just added another layer of regulation. This article breaks down the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) recently updated Cannabis Cultivation Policy – Principles and Guidelines … Continue Reading »

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Sorting Through the Weeds: Legal Cannabis Ushers in a New Era of Water Regulation in California

This article breaks down California’s complex new Cannabis Cultivation Policy into bite-size pieces. It was written by Amy Steinfeld and originally published by The Water Report on March 15, 2019, Issue #181.  No other crop in California is as highly regulated as cannabis. Obtaining a cannabis cultivation license is a herculean task that requires compliance with … Continue Reading »

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Changes Coming to California Water Rights Enforcement – Are You in Compliance?

As in years past, Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2019. This checklist provides a summary of state water right reporting requirements and applicable deadlines for water users in California. It is important to meet the required reporting deadlines to maintain and protect your … Continue Reading »