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Colorado District Court Judge Stays Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule

On June 19, 2020, Judge William Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado entered an administrative stay of the recently issued Clean Water Act (“CWA”) rule that reduces the ambit of waters within the jurisdictional reach of the federal government. The impact of the stay is that it preserves the status quo in Colorado for … Continue Reading »


Industrial Facilities May Be Denied Business Permits Without Proof of Storm Water Coverage

California regulates storm water discharges from industrial facilities under the federal Clean Water Act through its Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP). A facility obtains coverage by filing notice of its intent to comply with the IGP with the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”). The IGP identifies which industrial facilities need to comply … Continue Reading »


California Supports Clean Water Without a Water Tax

Once again, California has rejected a “water tax” as a means of remedying the drinking water issues facing small and low-income communities. Instead, the Legislature has opted to use existing revenue to address the problem. On June 13, 2019, the California Legislature passed a $215 billion budget, which included an appropriation of $133.4 million for … Continue Reading »


Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline

CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS: Upcoming July 1 Water Rights Compliance Deadline July 1 marks another deadline for California water rights holders to report water usage: Surface water users required to submit a Supplemental Statement of Diversion and users to report measurement data must file by July 1. Groundwater users in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and … Continue Reading »


UPDATE – Five Things to Know About the State Water Resources Control Board’s Draft Climate Change Resolution

Author: Christopher Guillen Editor: Bradley Herrema Editor: Amy Steinfeld UPDATE On March 7, 2017, the State Board adopted a revised version of the draft climate change resolution.  While substantially similar to the draft, the final resolution further emphasizes the State Board’s commitment to addressing climate change.  For example, the final resolution adds a clause noting … Continue Reading »


Five Things to Know About the State Water Resources Control Board’s Draft Climate Change Resolution

                  Author: Christopher Guillen Editors: Amy Steinfeld and Bradley Herrema News of the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam and corresponding evacuations seemed to coincide perfectly with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Board”) announcement of its draft resolution on climate change. While California was busy avoiding a catastrophic flood, … Continue Reading »


California’s Precedent-Setting Legislation Recognizing Human Right to Water in Action

                    Author: Christopher Guillen Editor: Bradley Herrema   On Feb. 14, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) announced the launch of the “Human Right to Water Portal.” The portal is a website that posts information on public water systems’ compliance with drinking water … Continue Reading »


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 »


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 »