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Industrial Facilities May Be Denied Business Permits Without Proof of Storm Water Coverage

California regulates storm water discharges from industrial facilities under the federal Clean Water Act through its Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP). A facility obtains coverage by filing notice of its intent to comply with the IGP with the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”). The IGP identifies which industrial facilities need to comply … Continue Reading »

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Demystifying Cannabis Regulations in Santa Barbara County

This article was written by Amy Steinfeld and Jack Ucciferri and originally published by the Santa Barbara County Bar Association Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine on January 6, 2020. Cannabis—whether you support or oppose it, you certainly can’t avoid this topic. But due to the patchwork of local regulations and its status as a Schedule I … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 4 | December 2019

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly production of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Natural Resources lawyers. This publication provides quick, useful bites of CEQA news, which we hope can be a resource to your real-time business decisions. That said, it is not and cannot be construed to be legal advice. Enjoy! Orville Dam: Another … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 3 | October 2019

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

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 4, Issue 2 | August 2019

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

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Cadiz and Glasshouse Farms form SoCal Hemp Co: Potential to become California’s largest vertically integrated commercial hemp operation

  As highlighted in the recent article, Cadiz Inc.: First NASDAQ-Listed U.S. Company to Enter Joint Venture to Bring Hemp and Hemp-Derived Products to Market to Meet Growing B2B and B2C Market Demands, the joint venture between Glass House Farms and Cadiz was established to bring hemp and hemp-derived products to market at a commercial scale, … Continue Reading »

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Sea Level Rise & Wastewater Infrastructure: Current California Guidance and Strategies

This article addresses the impact of sea level rise to coastal wastewater infrastructure, existing guidance, as well as the need for integrated management efforts to meet the challenges ahead. It was written by Kimberly Leefatt and originally published by The Water Report on July 15, 2019, Issue #185.  As with most climate change initiatives, California is … Continue Reading »

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California Supports Clean Water Without a Water Tax

Once again, California has rejected a “water tax” as a means of remedying the drinking water issues facing small and low-income communities. Instead, the Legislature has opted to use existing revenue to address the problem. On June 13, 2019, the California Legislature passed a $215 billion budget, which included an appropriation of $133.4 million for … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline

CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS: Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline July 1 marks another deadline for California water rights holders to report water usage: Surface water users required to submit a Supplemental Statement of Diversion and users to report measurement data must file by July 1. Groundwater users in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and … Continue Reading »

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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 »