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How SGMA Will Affect Agricultural Groundwater Users and Key Considerations for Developing an Implementation Strategy

This article was originally published as an advertorial in the September/October 2017 print issue of Western Grower & Shipper, a publication of Western Growers. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is now in its third year of operation. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed throughout the medium- and high-priority basins across California and those GSAs … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Event: 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop

October 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sacramento, CA

Brad Herrema and Jena Acos are co-chairing the 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop: Hot Topics and Current Issues Affecting Groundwater Basins Across California. The workshop will include panels and speakers on California groundwater law, including water quality, adjudicated basins, water rights, and SGMA compliance.

Russ McGlothlin will be speaking on Groundwater Law 101.

Other Confirmed Speakers Include:
Esther Conrad, Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution
Trevor Joseph, California Department of Water Resources
Dave Ceppos, Center for Collaborative Policy
Laurel Firestone, Community Water Center
Sandi Matsumoto, The Nature Conservancy
Peter Kavounas, Chino Basin Watermaster
Valerie Kincaid, O’Laughlin & Paris, LLP
Tom Bunn, Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP
Rod Walston, Best Best & Krieger

Register Here

Jena Shoaf Acos

Bradley Herrema

Russell McGlothlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional conference information, please contact Sarah Kline at skline@grac.org (916-446-3626)

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Serving Development During Drought: Creative & Sustainable Solutions

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Jessica Diaz This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. For much of the past five years, drought and development were on a collision course. Just as the weather began to dry up in 2011, the housing … Continue Reading »

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CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 2, Issue 2 – July 2017

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 advice. Enjoy! … Continue Reading »

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What’s Next for California’s Water Supplies as the Rainy Season Comes to an End?

Author: Jessica Diaz Editor: Amy Steinfeld The conclusion of California’s five-year drought was undeniably dramatic. The recent Sierra snowpack survey by California’s Department of Water Resources showed water content 196 percent above the long-term average. The 2017 water year was the wettest on record for Northern California. And in April, the governor lifted California’s declaration of drought … Continue Reading »

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Amy Steinfeld & Brad Herrema Named Water & Wastes Digest 2017 Young Water Professionals

Water & Wastes Digest has named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Amy Steinfeld and Brad Herrema 2017 Young Water Professional honorees. The 2017 Young Professional award highlights noteworthy rising stars in the water industry who have demonstrated exemplary performance in a water-related field.
“Brad and Amy are both smart, hardworking attorneys committed to finding innovative solutions for their clients’ most complicated water law issues,” said Steven Amerikaner, managing partner of the Santa Barbara office. “Both have extensive experience effectively and successfully navigating California’s complex land use and water laws, enabling them to efficiently move projects forward and achieve successful results for clients.”

Amy, a shareholder in the Santa Barbara Office, regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. Her practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law, enabling her to advance and defend complex projects throughout the state. She has expertise in water rights permitting and due diligence, CEQA compliance, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply evaluations, Endangered Species Act compliance, and all other matters associated with the use, conveyance, development and management of surface and groundwater supplies and infrastructure.

Brad is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office where he is the head of the firm’s California Water Group. He works with clients in California and the western U.S. to develop innovative strategies to secure and protect their water-related interests. He is leading clients, during California’s record-breaking drought, with integrated water supply planning, water rights permitting and regulatory compliance, adjudications of groundwater rights and compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, water utility concerns, Indian water rights and environmental matters affecting water use, such as CEQA compliance and water quality issues, including those under the Clean Water Act.

The Water & Wastes Digest feature on Brad can be found here and the feature on Amy can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy M. Steinfeld
Shareholder
asteinfeld@bhfs.com
805.882.1409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley J. Herrema
Shareholder
bherrema@bhfs.com
310.500.4609

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements – May & June

May 18, 2017

Brad Herrema will be moderating a panel on Conjunctive Use of Surface Water and Groundwater at American Groundwater Trust’s Annual California Groundwater Law Conference in San Francisco.

Bradley Herrema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 19, 2017

Amy Steinfeld will be speaking on water and development at the 2017 4th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference—”Delivering Sustainability: a new era in resource efficiency” in Santa Barbara, CA.

Amy Steinfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 8, 2017

Scott Slater will be a panelist addressing Innovations in Technology and Strategic Partnerships that Further Water Self-Sufficiency at Law Seminars International’s Developing Water Resources in Southern California seminar in Los Angeles, CA.

Scott Slater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12-13, 2017

Amy Steinfeld will be speaking at Argent’s California Law & Policy Conference on how climate change is impacting California’s water supplies and how leaders are preparing for more drought-to-deluge cycles.

Amy Steinfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amy Steinfeld Named One of Pacific Coast Business Times’ Top 50 Women in Business

Pacific Coast Business Times has named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck‘s Amy Steinfeld as one of its 2017 Top 50 Women in Business honorees and Editor’s Choice in the Professional Services category. This award recognizes outstanding female business leaders in the Tri-Counties.

“Amy’s deep understanding of environmental issues, her practical approach to the law, and her ability to collaborate with local governments enable her to efficiently move projects forward and garner successful results for her clients,” said Steve Amerikaner, the Santa Barbara Office Managing Partner.

Amy, a shareholder in the Santa Barbara Office, regularly advises water districts, regulated utilities, cities, developers, and agricultural interests in all aspects of water law. Her practice focuses on the intersection of land use and water law, enabling her to advance and defend complex projects throughout the state. She has expertise in water rights permitting and due diligence, CEQA compliance, complex groundwater adjudications, water transfers, urban water management planning, water supply evaluations, Endangered Species Act compliance, and all other matters associated with the use, conveyance, development and management of surface and groundwater supplies and infrastructure.

In January 2017, Amy co-convened a historic meeting of 100 of California’s top female water leaders in Santa Barbara. This first-ever California H2O Women Conference brought together prominent professional women representing all sectors of the industry to discuss California’s water supply, including the future of imported water, the duty to invest in water infrastructure for future generations, implementation of sustainable groundwater management, and the role of communication in advancing water policy.

Click here for the Pacific Coast Business Times’ feature on Amy.

 

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Agua Caliente Indians Win Federal Appeal; Tribal Groundwater Rights Based on Purpose of Water Use at the Time Reservation Created

Author: Adrian LeCesne Editor: Michael Fife The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a decision affirming the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ (the “Tribe”) right to groundwater in the Coachella Valley. The court found that the Tribe holds a federal “reserved right” to groundwater based on the intended agrarian purposes of the reservation … Continue Reading »

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As Newcomers to the Industrial Storm Water Permit, Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries Have Options to Comply

Author: Ryan Waterman Author: Dylan Johnson The statewide Industrial Storm Water permit (Industrial Permit) provides federal Clean Water Act permit coverage for a host of different industries, including wineries, breweries, and distilleries (alcoholic beverage producers) when producing alcohol is the primary business. As relative newcomers to the Industrial Permit, alcoholic beverage producers have options to comply. In 2014, … Continue Reading »