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Governor Vetoes AB 313 but Leaves the Door Open to Future Changes in Water Rights Adjudications

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz On Oct. 15, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 313, authored by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D–Merced). AB 313, covered in an earlier blog post, proposed to shift hearing authority over water right violation matters from the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to administrative … Continue Reading »

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AB 313 Could Take Water Right Violation Hearings Away from State Water Board

Author: Bradley Herrema Author: Jessica Diaz The California legislative session recently concluded, and among the most surprising arrivals to the Governor’s desk was Assembly Bill (AB) 313, authored by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D – Merced).  AB 313 would transform the adjudicative process for water right violation matters by shifting hearing authority from the State Water … Continue Reading »

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Serving Development During Drought: Creative & Sustainable Solutions

Author: Amy Steinfeld Author: Jessica Diaz This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer, a publication of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. For much of the past five years, drought and development were on a collision course. Just as the weather began to dry up in 2011, the housing … Continue Reading »

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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 based on the intended agrarian purposes of the reservation … Continue Reading »

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Women Water Leaders from Around the State Gather in Santa Barbara to Discuss California’s Pressing Water Supply Issues

                        Authors: Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld On Jan. 27, 2017, Santa Barbara-based water attorneys Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP convened a historic meeting of nearly 100 of California’s top women in the water industry. This first-ever “California … Continue Reading »

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements – January

January 24, 2017

Jessica Diaz, Elisabeth Esposito and Jena Acos will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Water Rights in California Seminars in Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif.

Presentations:

  • Elisabeth Esposito on Water Rights Evaluations
  • Jessica Diaz on Handling the Application, Lease, Transfer and Sale of Water Rights
  • Jena Acos on Handling Water Rights Disputes: Adjudication Procedures and Litigation Tips

Click here for further details on the Fresno event and here for the Bakersfield event.

 

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Groundwater Series

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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Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – November

November 10, 2016

Jena Shoaf Acos and Elisabeth L. Esposito will be presenting California Water Law MCLE for the Santa Barbara Barristers.  This focused legal program provides an overview of California water law, including an explanation of the state’s dual water rights system (i.e., riparian and appropriative rights) and recent groundwater legislation. The presentation will also include practical tools to tackle water law cases and legal strategies for protecting water rights and use.

November 16, 2016

Dylan K. Johnson will be presenting on Law of Wineries: An Overview of Land Use Issues for the Real Property Section of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Dylan will address Santa Barbara County’s draft winery ordinance, enforcement issues, water supply, and due diligence issues concerning owning and operating wineries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brownstein’s Annual California Water Rights Compliance Checklist

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2016. 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 New Tool for Developing and Financing Public and Private Infrastructure: Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts

Even as the state’s economy continues to improve, local governments continue to struggle to find ways to meet the state’s backlog of infrastructure needs, including water, transportation, energy, affordable housing and more. Inadequate state funding and the demise of federal funding and state redevelopment funding have exacerbated the situation. At the same time, as a … Continue Reading »

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