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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 1 – January 2019

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

Seven Steps To Avoid the Green Rush Blues: Investigate Water Supplies Before Planting Cannabis

This article written by Amy Steinfeld was originally published by the Cannabis Industry Journal on December 17, 2018.  A clean, reliable water supply lies at the heart of every successful cannabis farm. It’s no surprise that the stakes for finding land with ideal growing conditions, including adequate water, are high. But new buyers (and lessees) … Continue Reading »

Women are Leaders in California’s Water Industry

This article was originally published in the Nov. 9 issue of Pacific Coast Business Times. On Nov. 1-2, we convened the second California H2O Women Conference — a meeting of 150 of California’s top women in the water industry at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The women-only conference brought together leading professionals representing all sectors of the … Continue Reading »

Anticipating Top Water Leaders at the 2018 California H2O Women Conference

We are a few weeks away from the 2018 California H2O Women Conference and honored to be showcasing so many leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. We are also especially honored that Brenda Burman, the first woman to head the Bureau of Reclamation, is our keynote speaker. Commissioner … Continue Reading »