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Striking Middle Ground(water), the Supreme Court Holds That Some Discharges to Groundwater Require Clean Water Act Permits

The U.S. Supreme Court issued on April 23, 2020 a significant and controversial Clean Water Act (“CWA”) decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund et al.  As summarized previously, the issue presented was whether the County of Maui (“County”) requires a CWA discharge permit to dispose of wastewater through groundwater discharge wells where … Continue Reading »

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SGMA Meets CEQA

While the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not apply to the preparation and adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs), it does apply to projects to implement actions taken pursuant to GSPs. Jena Shoaf Acos, Elisabeth Esposito, Christopher Guillen and Ryan Waterman

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Women are Leaders in California’s Water Industry

This article was originally published in the Nov. 9 issue of Pacific Coast Business Times. On Nov. 1-2, we convened the second California H2O Women Conference — a meeting of 150 of California’s top women in the water industry at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The women-only conference brought together leading professionals representing all sectors of the … Continue Reading »

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Anticipating Top Water Leaders at the 2018 California H2O Women Conference

We are a few weeks away from the 2018 California H2O Women Conference and honored to be showcasing so many leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. We are also especially honored that Brenda Burman, the first woman to head the Bureau of Reclamation, is our keynote speaker. Commissioner … Continue Reading »

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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 »

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EPA Seeks Comments After Controversial Ninth Circuit Decision

In response to the Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is now seeking public comments on the proper scope of its authority under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). In brief, the Ninth Circuit held that discharges of pollutants from a point source to … Continue Reading »

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Ninth Circuit Holds Wastewater Discharge to Groundwater Requires Clean Water Act Permit in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

On Feb. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, No. 15-17447 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018). At issue was whether the County of Maui (“County”) required a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) permit to dispose of wastewater through groundwater … Continue Reading »

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Will Your Basin Adjudicate, and if so, How Will That Relate to Basin Management under SGMA?

This article was originally published as an advertorial in the November/December 2017 print issue of Western Grower & Shipper, a publication of Western Growers. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) throughout California’s medium- and high-priority basins are now beginning to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Sustainable groundwater management is … Continue Reading »

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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 »

Upcoming Event: 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop

Brad Herrema and Jena Acos are co-chairing the 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop on October 2, 2017 in Sacramento. 

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