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Monthly Archives: April 2015


Football and the Future of CEQA for Popular Projects

In quick succession, the Southern California cities of Inglewood and Carson have used the initiative process to approve new NFL football stadiums in bids to lure teams to new homes, bypassing review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) along the way. These wildly popular projects—seeking to bring professional football back to Los Angeles after … Continue Reading »


Nevada Governor Establishes Drought Forum

On April 8, 2015, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval hosted a press conference at Washoe Lake State Park to unveil a plan to address current and future drought conditions across Nevada. Pointing out that he should have been standing in three feet of water at the time, Gov. Sandoval signed Executive Order 2015-13, establishing the Nevada … Continue Reading »

Groundwater Series

Are Groundwater Extraction Fees Property Related or Regulatory Fees? It Depends.

Two new Proposition 218-related cases published in March come to opposite conclusions in determining whether groundwater extraction and replenishment fees are “property-related” fees subject to Article XIII D of the California Constitution (Proposition 218). Given the conflicting appellate decisions and the tremendous concern over groundwater overdraft statewide, this issue is ripe for California Supreme Court … Continue Reading »


Three Months and Counting: Preparing for California’s New Industrial Storm Water Permit

Consider these seven questions before the new Industrial Storm Water Permit takes effect.

Firm News

April & May: Speaking Engagements

April 15, 2015

Russell McGlothlin will present and Brad Herrema will moderate a GRACast web seminar for the Groundwater Resources Association of California‘s series titled “Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 5.”

Russell McGlothlin



Brad Herrema




April 16th, 2015

Russell McGlothlin will be speaking at International Green Industry Hall of Fame‘s 5th Annual Conference and Induction Ceremony on April 16th, 2015. The ceremony will take place at UCSB. 

Russell McGlothlin




April 16th, 2015

Robert Saperstein will speak at CoLAB Ventura County on the topic of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.

Robert Saperstein




April 28, 2015

Ryan Waterman will speak at the University of California-San Diego Extention’s Industrial Stormwater Compliance Workshop. This workshop focuses on California’s reissued Industrial Storm Water Permit, which will impose significant regulations on as many as 130,000 California businesses.

Ryan Waterman




April 29, 2015

Russell McGlothlin will participate in a roundtable discussion on Streamline Adjudication at the Annual Legislative Symposium. This GRA and CGC symposium will focus on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and feature such speakers as Senate and Assembly Water Committee Chairs Pavley and Levine; Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins; Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon; Senators Canella, Stone, Wieckowski and Wolk; and Assembly Members Alejo, Bigelow, Mathis and Rendon.

Russell McGlothlin




May 06, 2015

Stephanie Hastings will speak on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 at ACWA’s 2015 Spring ConferenceStephanie will be joined by David Gutierrez of the California Department of Water Resources, Jay Jasperse, Iris Priestaf and Eric Averett of Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District. Their Water Trends program will be held from 9:30-11:00am and focus on practical implementation issues, such as: Legal and policy issues associated with GSA; formation; and boundary redeterminations. 

Stephanie Hastings








May 8, 2015

Russell McGlothlin will participate in a webinar featuring content presented last fall at the Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite. The CA State Bar will host this MCLE webinar on “Over tapped Aquifers: Will California Manage its Groundwater?”

Russell McGlothlin




May 15, 2015

Russell McGlothlin and Brad Herrema will be featured speakers presenting insights on legal developments in groundwater management legislation and groundwater quality issues at Groundwater Law, an American Ground Water Trust Conference in San Francisco, CA. 

Russell McGlothlin



Brad Herrema




May 15, 2015

Amy Steinfeld will be presenting at the May 15th Hot Topics in California’s Water CLE seminar in Los Angeles, CA. Amy, along with Shane O. Chapman, Gen. Mgr. of Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, will speak on the “Strategies for Finding and Maintaining Supplies and Diversifying Resource.”

Topics include: “Examples of How Agencies and Private Interests are Securing Additional Water Supplies During the Drought, as well as Diversifying Their Water Portfolios to Better Prepare for Future Droughts; Purchasing and Moving Water, Water Banking, Shared Services Agreements, and Other Creative Efforts to Secure Water.”

Receive $100 off the regular tuition rate for this CLE seminar by registering at their web site and enter the promo code “FAC100”.

Amy Steinfeld