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An Assessment of SGMA for Municipal Water Suppliers

On September 14, Russell McGlothlin presented to the California League of Cities at the 2018 Annual Conference.  His paper An Assessment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act for Municipal Water Suppliers can be read in full below. The paper outlines: SGMA’s essential provisions Key issues to resolve for successful implementation including the potential division of available water … Continue Reading »

Understanding Your Club’s Water Supply

This article written by Bradley Herrema was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of the National Club Association‘s Club Director.  Click through to read the full article »  Author: Bradley Herrema

What the Water Conservation Bills Mean for California’s Water Suppliers: Reporting and Increased Data Collection as a Way of Life

With the ink dry from Gov. Brown’s signature on AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg), Californians now have a clearer picture of what it looks like to make water conservation a way of life. This legislation has its roots in Gov. Brown’s Executive Order B‐37‐16 and Cal EPA’s Water Action Plan, both of which … Continue Reading »

Don’t be left high & dry — consider water supplies before buying property

This article written by Amy Steinfeld and Bradley Herrema was originally published on June 20, 2018 by the First Tuesday Journal. It’s not uncommon for a water lawyer to receive a panicked call from a new property owner after discovering they have insufficient water to support their proposed use of the property… Read the Full Text … Continue Reading »

Bill Revives Previous Proposal to Move Water Rights Jurisdiction from the State Board to Hearing Officers, Authority Includes Cannabis

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz                     Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted hearing authority for water right violation matters from the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) to administrative law judges (ALJs). In his veto message, Gov. … Continue Reading »

3 Counties, 3 Approaches to Cannabis Crops

This article written by Amy Steinfeld was originally published in the April 20-26, 2018 issue of Pacific Coast Business Times. Legalization of recreational cannabis has shaken up the supply chain. Californians may now grow up to six cannabis plants for personal use without a license. Those lacking a green thumb can purchase recreational cannabis at … Continue Reading »

California Water Rights Compliance Deadlines

This is a reminder that April 1 is the deadline for surface water diverters in California to report their water use to the State Water Resources Control Board.  By now, you should have received instructions from the State Water Board for doing so. As always, please consult our Annual Water Rights Checklist for additional water … Continue Reading »