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Upcoming Speaking Engagement – 2017 Fall ACWA Conference – Recycled Water: The Race to Purple Pipes and Beyond

November 29, 2017

Amy Steinfeld will be a panelist speaking on Recycled Water: The Race to Purple Pipes and Beyond at the 2017 Fall ACWA Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim.

In light of state mandates to increase recycled water use and in anticipation of regulation of indirect potable re-use, this panel will educate wastewater treatment facility operators and water providers about the numerous regulatory and environmental requirements associated with new and expanded use of recycled water with an emphasis on strategic planning to enable the most expeditious implementation of recycled water projects. The panel will explore Regional and State Board processing and permitting, changes in water rights, environmental considerations resulting from reduced wastewater discharges to water bodies, and grant funding opportunities.

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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 »


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 »


How SGMA Will Affect Agricultural Groundwater Users and Key Considerations for Developing an Implementation Strategy

This article was originally published as an advertorial in the September/October 2017 print issue of Western Grower & Shipper, a publication of Western Growers. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is now in its third year of operation. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed throughout the medium- and high-priority basins across California and those GSAs … Continue Reading »

Upcoming Event: 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop

Brad Herrema and Jena Acos are co-chairing the 2017 Groundwater Law Workshop on October 2, 2017 in Sacramento. 


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 »


CEQA News You Can Use – Vol. 2, Issue 2 – July 2017

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s 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. Enjoy! … Continue Reading »


What’s Next for California’s Water Supplies as the Rainy Season Comes to an End?

Author: Jessica Diaz Editor: Amy Steinfeld The conclusion of California’s five-year drought was undeniably dramatic. The recent Sierra snowpack survey by California’s Department of Water Resources showed water content 196 percent above the long-term average. The 2017 water year was the wettest on record for Northern California. And in April, the governor lifted California’s declaration of drought … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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. Bradley Herrema                       May 19, 2017 Amy Steinfeld will be speaking on water and development at the … Continue Reading »