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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.

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 … Continue Reading »