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CEQA News You Can Use Vol. 1, Issue 2

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of our 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. Please click here … Continue Reading »

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Discharge Permits Not Required to Transfer Water: Court Upholds EPA Rule

                        Authors: Rhonda L. Sandquist, Michael P. Smith, Christine Jochim   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a long-awaited ruling confirming the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Water Transfers Rule in Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Events – California H20 Women Conference – January

January 27-28, 2017

Stephanie Osler Hastings and Amy Steinfeld are hosting the California H20 Women Conference.  This unique, women-only event will include a day-long conference addressing key water topics: 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. It will showcase leading women professionals, their work and contributions to advance the water industry. An optional wine tour featuring women winemakers from Santa Barbara County follows on the next day.

Message from Conference Co-Chairs Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld

For several years now, we’ve been watching with great interest at the explosion of women throughout the ranks of the water industry, but especially in the most senior positions of water policy and business.  More than ever, an increasing number of powerful women are making waves in this historically male-dominated industry.

Thus, we believe that it is time to establish a formal opportunity for women leaders in the water industry to collaborate, coordinate, educate and support each other.  Our conference will bring together women leaders from diverse sectors of the California water industry.  Our concept – California H20 Women Conference – will be the first (and we believe only) event of its kind, empowering women to change the way we manage California’s and the world’s most important resource.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements – February

February 21, 2017

Brad Herrema will be speaking at the American Groundwater Trust’s Developing and Implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans workshop in Bakersfield Calif on Major Legal Hurdles in the Formation of GSAs & GSPs.

Click here for the full workshop agenda.

 

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements – January

January 24, 2017

Jessica Diaz, Elisabeth Esposito and Jena Acos will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Water Rights in California Seminars in Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif.

Presentations:

  • Elisabeth Esposito on Water Rights Evaluations
  • Jessica Diaz on Handling the Application, Lease, Transfer and Sale of Water Rights
  • Jena Acos on Handling Water Rights Disputes: Adjudication Procedures and Litigation Tips

Click here for further details on the Fresno event and here for the Bakersfield event.

 

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Brownstein’s Annual California Water Rights Compliance Checklist – 2017

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017. This checklist provides a summary of state water right reporting requirements and applicable deadlines for users of surface water and groundwater in California. Use the link to find: Our summary of filings required for all surface water and groundwater users … Continue Reading »

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New State Water Measurement Requirements for All Surface Water Users (10+ acre-feet)

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our summary of the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) new water measurement requirements and deadlines for California surface water users (10+ acre-feet) under Senate Bill 88. Please click here to find: An outline of the specific requirements including level of measurement accuracy and installation certification, monitoring … Continue Reading »

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President Signs Sweeping Water Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Woes and to Aid Parched California

                      Author: Amy Steinfeld On Friday, President Obama signed S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, a bipartisan bill authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to execute water infrastructure projects. The $12 billion measure authorizes funding for numerous water, wastewater, … Continue Reading »

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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 »