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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. … Continue Reading »

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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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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Where Do We Stand in the Quest for Sustainable Groundwater Management?

At the intersection of water and politics, a cross section of water professionals including agency staff, engineers, attorneys and consultants convened in Sacramento March 30 to spend a day with an outstanding lineup of legislators and administration officials at the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and California Groundwater Coalition’s (CGC) Annual Legislative Symposium. The title of … Continue Reading »

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The Golden Rule* of Water Management

Russ McGlothlin and Jena Shoaf Acos authored “The Golden Rule* of Water Management” for Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal Symposium Edition. Russ McGlothlin     Jena Shoaf Acos          

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Sustainable Groundwater Management


The enactment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”) was a bold first step toward managing California groundwater. SGMA requires local agencies to elect to be “groundwater sustainability agencies” or “GSAs” to develop “groundwater sustainability plans” or “GSPs” for the state’s most at-risk basins. A GSP must curtail the adverse consequences of groundwater … Continue Reading »

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, … Continue Reading »


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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Are Groundwater Extraction Fees Property Related or Regulatory Fees? It Depends.

Two new Proposition 218-related cases published in March come to opposite conclusions in determining whether groundwater extraction and replenishment fees are “property-related” fees subject to Article XIII D of the California Constitution (Proposition 218). Given the conflicting appellate decisions and the tremendous concern over groundwater overdraft statewide, this issue is ripe for California Supreme Court … Continue Reading »

Prop 1 Allocates $100M for Local Agencies to Develop & Implement Groundwater Management Plans

On February 10, 2015, the California Natural Resources Agency released a draft schedule of benchmarks to be achieved in the first year of the ten year expenditure period of the Water Bond (Proposition 1). As draft guidelines for grants funded by the Water Bond are available, they will be posted on the Bond Accountability website, … Continue Reading »