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District Court Expands Environmental Protections in the U.S.-Mexico Border Regarding Water Contamination in the Tijuana River Valley


The Honorable Jeffrey T. Miller, U.S. District Judge in San Diego, denied in part the United States International Boundary and Water Commission’s (IBWC) motion to

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Oregon Senate Bill Which Banned Motorized Mining in Salmonid Habitat Areas, Finding No Federal Preemption


In Bohmker v. Oregon,the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, in a divided opinion, that Oregon Senate Bill 3, which banned motorized

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Idaho Department of Water Resources Issues FEMA-Related Administrator’s Memorandum to Maintain Idaho National Flood Insurance Program Coverage


On August 13, 2018, the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) issued Administrator’s Memorandum—Floodplain Management Memorandum No. 1 in response to FEMA threats of disqualifying

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The Multitude of Oversight for California’s Oroville Dam—Will this Become a Model for Dams throughout the State and in the West?


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is overseeing repairs to the Oroville Dam in coordination with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the

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California Governor Brown Signs Bill Authorizing Regional Water Boards to Order the Provision of Sewer Service to Disadvantaged Communities


California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. recently approved Senate Bill 1215 (SB 1215), to add Chapter 4.3 (commencing with § 13288) to Division 7 of the

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New Proposed Rule and Pending Supreme Court Case Have Potential to Limit Designation of Unoccupied Areas as Critical Habitat under Federal Endangered Species Act


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and, together with FWS, the Services) have proposed revisions to one

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