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California Declaration That Watersheds Are Integral Components of State’s Water Infrastructure Unlocks New Funding Sources for Forest Restoration

              Author: Elisabeth Esposito Editor: Ryan Waterman The role of California’s forests in protecting and enhancing the state’s water supply for both drinking water and irrigated agriculture is in the spotlight, and with good reason—more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada, before serving … Continue Reading »

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Numbers to Watch: Statewide Conservation Figures

The members of the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) will not be the only ones keeping a close eye on conservation figures over the next several months. Earlier this year, the State Water Board abandoned its controversial drought regulations that imposed one-size-fits-all percentage reductions on water providers in favor of new regulations … Continue Reading »

Groundwater Series

A Sneak Preview: DWR’s Best Management Practices to Guide the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from Paper to Reality

  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is underway. The principle implementation issues to date in most basins have concerned who will govern and how the management lines are drawn, with basin boundary modifications recently released and the deadline for GSA formation fast approaching on June 30, 2017. But looming larger are questions about how … Continue Reading »

Firm News

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – November

November 10, 2016

Jena Shoaf Acos and Elisabeth L. Esposito will be presenting California Water Law MCLE for the Santa Barbara Barristers.  This focused legal program provides an overview of California water law, including an explanation of the state’s dual water rights system (i.e., riparian and appropriative rights) and recent groundwater legislation. The presentation will also include practical tools to tackle water law cases and legal strategies for protecting water rights and use.

November 16, 2016

Dylan K. Johnson will be presenting on Law of Wineries: An Overview of Land Use Issues for the Real Property Section of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Dylan will address Santa Barbara County’s draft winery ordinance, enforcement issues, water supply, and due diligence issues concerning owning and operating wineries.