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Fourth District Court Affirms Trial Court’s Decision Regarding the Calculation of School Impact Fees for Common Areas

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion related to the proper interpretation of Government Code § 65995 dealing with statutory school fees.…

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Trump Administration Sues California over New State Law Related to the Sale of Federal Lands

The Trump Administration has filed suit against the State of California over a land use bill that gives the state a right of first refusal…

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California State Water Board Adopts Regulations Governing Use of Recycled Water for Surface Water Augmentation

After a two-year public review process, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has adopted new regulations setting requirements for the quality of treated recycled…

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President and Congress Approve $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill Including $20 Billion for Water

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed HR1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (now Public Law 115-141, (Appropriations Act)) which will fund the federal government…

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California Court of Appeal Finds Environmental Impact Report For General Plan Update Was Not Required to Analyze Urban Decay

The Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld the City of Visalia’s certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its General Plan update, finding that…

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California Court of Appeal Finds Homeowner Association has Standing to Bring Inverse Condemnation Suit Related to Los Angeles Transit Route

In Sierra Palms Homeowners Association a homeowner’s association brought suit against a municipal entity for inverse condemnation. The municipal entity demurred on the grounds the…

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Nevada State Engineer Issues Order to Curb New Domestic Wells in Pahrump Basin

As the most arid state in the nation, Nevada has always faced challenges when managing its valuable water resources, and the Pahrump Artesian Basin is…

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California Court of Appeal Affords Substantial Deference to Fish and Game Commission in Determining Whether Delisting Petitions May Move Forward

In January, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld a decision by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) that…

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Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Groundwater Injection Wells Required Clean Water Act NPDES Permit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that groundwater injection wells may result in an “indirect” discharge of pollutants to navigable waters of the…

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First Circuit Holds EPA Has Discretion Whether to Serve Individual Clean Water Act Notices On Stormwater Dischargers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of two claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lack of…

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