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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Groundwater Series

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Natural Resource Group Secures Decisive Appellate Victory for Much Needed, New Water Supply

On May 10, the California Court of Appeal issued six opinions upholding the environmental review and approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Project). The Project is a public-private partnership designed to use water from a vast and underutilized aquifer underlying Cadiz’s property in the Eastern Mojave Desert and will secure … Continue Reading »

Groundwater Series

State Water Board Nixes Flawed “One Size Fits All” Conservation Mandates

On May 18, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted new emergency conservation regulations that repeal and replace its prior drought regulations. The new regulations, which are effective from June 2016 through January of 2017, now allow local agencies to develop conservation standards based upon their unique circumstances. These new … Continue Reading »

Firm News

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events

June 14, 2016

On June 14, Ryan Waterman will be a featured speaker at the State Bar of California’s “Sea Level Rise in San Diego: Managing a Changing Coast.” 

Ryan Waterman




June 6, 2016

Russell McGlothlin will present updates on groundwater rights and adjudication processes at Law Seminar International’s Sustainable Groundwater in California: The Mechanics and Implications of the SGMA on Water Resources, Land Use, Municipal and Agricultural Water Use.   

Russell McGlothlin




May 14, 2016

Stephanie Hastings presented at California Building Industry Association’s 50th Select Conference on Industry Litigation (SCIL) in San Diego, CA. 

Stephanie Hastings




May 5, 2016

Brownstein’s Water Group hosted their bi-annual pre-ACWA reception to 120 guests at Montrio Bistro in Monterey, CA. 


April 26, 2016

On April 26th, Amy Steinfeld moderated a panel on “SGMA Battle Lines” at the American Ground Water Trust’s Groundwater Law Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  

Amy Steinfeld




March 26, 2016

Russell McGlothlin presented water rights and SGMA to the Almond Board of CA Leadership Program on March 26. 

Russell McGlothlin