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 »
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 »
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.
- 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.
Jena Shoaf Acos
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
The American Ground Water Trust (AGWT) – Association of Ground Water Agencies (AGWA) in cooperation with Ground Water Association and California Ground Water Coalition will hold it’s Annual Conference on February 9, 2015
Brad Herrema will speak on the “Legal Framework of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.”
Register to attend at AGWA-AGWT.
Russ McGlothlin is participating in Stanford Law School’s Uncommon Dialogue being held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 on Stanford’s campus.
Stanford University’s Water in the West and The Nature Conservancy of California are convening this Uncommon Dialogue to bring together groundwater managers, county and state representatives, and water policy experts along with non-governmental organizations representing environmental, disadvantaged communities and other interests to discuss challenges in implementing the bill, and how best to meet those challenges. This workshop will also identify opportunities for collaboration in addressing many of the barriers in the formation of GSAs and implementation of GSPs, as well as potential solutions and areas for additional research.
Annually, we provide clients and friends with our summary of California water rights reporting requirements and applicable deadlines. Our 2015 Water Rights Compliance Checklist is linked below for your reference and use. California Water Rights Compliance Checklist for 2015 Importantly, review the NEW reporting requirements we have identified for California groundwater users. As a result of … Continue Reading »