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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Groundwater Series

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 21, 2016

Ryan Waterman will be moderating the Irrigated Lands and the Challenge of Improving Groundwater Quality panel at the 25th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite.

Click here for further details.

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Groundwater Series

State Water Board Nixes Flawed “One Size Fits All” Conservation Mandates

On May 18, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted new emergency conservation regulations that repeal and replace its prior drought regulations. The new regulations, which are effective from June 2016 through January of 2017, now allow local agencies to develop conservation standards based upon their unique circumstances. These new … Continue Reading »

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