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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 … Continue Reading »


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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A Sneak Preview: DWR’s Best Management Practices to Guide the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from Paper to Reality

  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is underway. The principle implementation issues to date in most basins have concerned who will govern and how the management lines are drawn, with basin boundary modifications recently released and the deadline for GSA formation fast approaching on June 30, 2017. But looming larger are questions about how … Continue Reading »

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Bulletin 118 Final Boundary Modifications Move the Lines—But Do They Bring More Clarity?

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released the modifications to the boundaries of the state’s Bulletin 118. For some basins, these modifications will greatly assist local agencies in complying with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act’s (SGMA) planning requirements. For others, however, this latest modification update highlights the uncertainty surrounding how to best manage a basin, … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – October

October 5, 2016

Bradley Herrema will speak at the GRA Southern California Branch and Inland Geological Society (IGS) joint meeting in Riverside. The Sustainable Groundwater Management event will address how Southern California agencies in several different groundwater basins are working towards complying with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Click here for further details and to RSVP.

Bradley Herrema













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A New Management Model For Calif. Groundwater Regulations

Last month, the California Court of Appeal rejected all challenges to the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, upholding the environmental review and approvals. This innovative water project is now one step closer to the finish line and the goal of mitigating California’s drought crisis. Unlike many other basins throughout the state, the … Continue Reading »

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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Natural Resource Group Secures Decisive Appellate Victory for Much Needed, New Water Supply

On May 10, the California Court of Appeal issued six opinions upholding the environmental review and approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Project). The Project is a public-private partnership designed to use water from a vast and underutilized aquifer underlying Cadiz’s property in the Eastern Mojave Desert and will secure … Continue Reading »

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June: Speaking Engagements

June 2, 2015

Russ McGlothlin will speak at the Groundwater Resources Association of California’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation: Solid Steps Forward for Boundary Determination, Legal Agreements and Public Participation in Sacramento. 

Russell McGlothlin




June 15, 2015

Amy Steinfeld will speak at Argent Communications Group’s San Francisco 2015 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference; Water Supply, Regulation, and Policy in a Time of Ongoing Scarcity.

Amy Steinfeld






Nevada Governor Establishes Drought Forum

On April 8, 2015, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval hosted a press conference at Washoe Lake State Park to unveil a plan to address current and future drought conditions across Nevada. Pointing out that he should have been standing in three feet of water at the time, Gov. Sandoval signed Executive Order 2015-13, establishing the Nevada … Continue Reading »

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Groundwater Regulation on the Rise as Counties Gear up to Meet Sustainable Management Requirements

The enactment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), in conjunction with increasing concern over drought impacts on groundwater supplies, has set the stage for several California counties’ recent adoption of expansive groundwater ordinances, regulating groundwater use to an extent not previously seen. California cities and counties are vested with an array of options for … Continue Reading »