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 »
The ongoing drought has highlighted this commonly accepted maxim: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” In response, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) has adopted new measuring and reporting requirements for surface water right holders in California. The emergency regulations implement a major component of Senate Bill 88, the drought trailer bill … Continue Reading »
Water Rights Require Balance of Interest
Russ McGlothlin authored an article for the Pacific Coast Business Times on the common question of who owns the water in California? The piece, titled “Water Rights Require Balance of Interest” appeared in the January 29, 2016 publication. Russ McGlothlin
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 »
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule defining “waters of the United States” covered by the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) provides a good example of what can happen when a simple term gets manipulated over time by regulatory agencies and the courts. For some context, the CWA applies only to … 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. Brad Herrema
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 »